The Letter Project

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The Letter Project is a national initiative to dust off, collect and showcase letters to and from veterans of all wars. READ MORE.

The Letter From a Caring Stranger– Family of Melvin Callaway, August, 1945

A town in Denmark under German occupation put itself at grave risk to honor and respect the sacrifice of Airman Melvin Callaway and, when the war ended, to find his family.
 

 
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Western Union:… Your son, Second Lieutenant Robert E. Hanrahan, is a prisoner of war of the German government.

There is more, both for the soldier and for the family, after the dreaded telegram. Thanks to the Hanrahan Family, you may look beyond that message and into a window of the experience of being a prisoner of war.

 
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Private, later Corporal, George Gobbz, 2d Battalion, 2d Marines, 1944-1946

Private Gobbz was sent to the war in the Pacific in 1944 and fought with the marines in every significant battle until the end of the war.  He then was assigned to occupation duty in Japan, including house to house weapons … Continue reading

 
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Air Corpsman Alex Dickie, First Army Air Group, Ligny-en-Barrois, France, November 9, 1918

Corpsman Dickie was an aerial spotter in the air corps, which included machine gun as well as observation duties. He wrote this letter with strong hints about the armistice that would be declared two days later, an event that the … Continue reading

 
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The Dauphine Doughboy – 1919

Letter Description: Not exactly a personal letter but still a message home from the front, The Dauphine Doughboy was published for American troops stationed near Grenoble, France. Thousands of US soldiers were kept in France after Armistice Day, usually sent … Continue reading

 
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Private Thomas Rowan Smith, Co. C., 33d Engineers, American Expeditionary Force, France, 1918-1919

  Letter Description: (Letter written October 14, 1918) Private Smith was stationed near Tours, France. In the following letters, he writes to the woman who eventually he will marry. The letters begin in August, 1918 and include a remarkable letter written on November … Continue reading

 
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Private Thomas Rowan Smith, Co. C., 33d Engineers, American Expeditionary Force, France, 1918-1919

Letter Description: (Letter written November 12, 1918) Private Smith was stationed near Tours, France. In the following letters, he writes to the woman who eventually he will marry. The letters begin in August, 1918 and include a remarkable letter written on November 12, 1918 – the … Continue reading

 
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Private Thomas Rowan Smith, Co. C., 33d Engineers, American Expeditionary Force, France, 1918-1919

Letter Description: (Letter written March 8, 1919) Private Smith was stationed near Tours, France. In the following letters, he writes to the woman who eventually he will marry. The letters begin in August, 1918 and include a remarkable letter written on November 12, 1918 – the … Continue reading

 
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Private Thomas Rowan Smith, Co. C., 33d Engineers, American Expeditionary Force, France, 1918-1919

Private Thomas R. Smith

Letter Description: (Letter written August 4, 1918) Private Smith was stationed near Tours, France. In the following letters, he writes to the woman who eventually he will marry. The letters begin in August, 1918 and include a remarkable letter written on November 12, 1918 – the … Continue reading

 
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Private Thomas Rowan Smith, Co. C., 33d Engineers, American Expeditionary Force, France, 1918-1919

    Letter Description: (Letter written September 5, 1918) Private Smith was stationed near Tours, France. In the following letters, he writes to the woman who eventually he will marry. The letters begin in August, 1918 and include a remarkable letter written on … Continue reading

 
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Robert L. (Bob) Claxton, Jr., S/Sgt, Special Agent, 441st Counter Intelligence Detachment, American Forces in the Pacific, 1944-45

Letter Description: Elegy in a Foxhole

 
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Pvt David Wells, Italy

Letter Description: The attached VMail was sent to me by my cousin Pvt David Wells while serving in Italy. Sadly, he was killed in action.

 
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Specialist 4th Class Mike Mullins, Delta 3/7, 199th Light Infantry

Letter Description: Specialist 4th Class Mike Mullins, Delta 3/7, 199th Light Infantry, Letter – Poem to his parents July 1968 from Viet Nam. Mr. Mullins is the author of Vietnam in Verse.

 
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Private Bud Babcock, Carson County, Texas 7th Armored Division

Letter Description: Private Bud Babcock, Carson County, Texas 7th Armored Division, served in Holland, Germany, Belgium, France, wounded near St. Vith, Belgium 1944. By permission of Ken and Linda Babcock.

 
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Private Art Clayton, B Company, 409th Infantry Regiment, France

Letter Description: Private Art Clayton, B Company, 409th Infantry Regiment, France, December 7, 1944, printed with permission of Bruce Clayton and included in his memoirs in http://mariposa.yosemite.net/mudnguts/index.htm

 
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Staff Sergeant Ernest Howard

Letter Description: Staff Sergeant Ernest Howard, 429th Bomb Squadron / Second Bomb Group, Italy, Thanksgiving 1945
Contributed by his son, Derek Howard

 
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Private (soon to be Corporal) William H. Oppenheim, Co “H”, 2d Finance Training Battalion, Fort Benjamin Harrison Indiana, to Private Raul Amaya, 8th Armored Division, Fort Knox, Ky

Letter Description: September 8, 1942

 
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Alex Williams, Plantersville, Camp Scott Grimes Co.

Letter Description: Translated and typed by Vernon W. Miller, great, great-grandson of Amanda and Alex Williams

 
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Lieutenant Samuel Evans, E . Co., 104th Infantry Regiment, 26th (“Yankee”) Division

Letter Description: The long hand-written letter is not a v-mail. It was written December 18, 1944 in Belgium and mentions that the “Jerries” have started up something against the 1st and 9th Divisions and he hopes that the 1st and the 9th … Continue reading

 
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Lieutenant Samuel Evans, E . Co., 104th Infantry Regiment, 26th (“Yankee”) Division

Letter Description: One of the V-mails from France is numbered ‘#3” so that family at home could keep them in order. He mentions in the v-mails that he passes through the destroyed towns near the D-Day landing beaches and then through … Continue reading

 
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Sgt. Cecil Turner

Letter Description:  “Sgt. Cecil Turner, Hq., 36th Div., Artillery, reproduced with permission graciously given by his daughter, Kathie Jackson, author of “So Great a Heritage, the inspiring WWII letters of Sergeant Turner.”

 
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W.H.Harrell to his sister February 14 1864

Letter Description: This is the Civil War Letter. It was contributed by W.H.Harrell’s descendant Mrs. Jo Pierce. The original, hand-written, is on permanent loan to the Texas State Historical Archives.

 
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Lieutenant Chester Jordan, K Company, 2d Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division

Letter Description: V Mails written to his parents in Dallas, Texas.  Four of them are remarkable drawings he made.  He was a graduate architect from Texas A&M.  The fifth is a somewhat poignant letter to his father, saying that he … Continue reading

 
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