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(Yahoo)   When is it not cool when you read about World War II letters?   ( divider line
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5565 clicks; posted to Main » on 12 Nov 2013 at 11:34 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-11-12 08:39:41 PM  
I don't understand subby's question.

And did she remove the letter talking about his massive torpedo destroying her U-boat when he got back home?
2013-11-12 09:17:37 PM  
One of my great-uncles was a Marine during World War II. He kept a notebook listing the outfits he served with (2nd and 3rd Marine Divisions), the places he visited (a whole lotta places in the South Pacific), the campaigns he fought in (Bougainville, Guam, and Iwo Jima), and all of the women he met during his travels, including addresses (the latter took up most of the notebook).

Last year I scanned several pages of said notebook in the interest of preserving family history...except for the ladies' info. :)

Great-uncle passed away in 2002. He didn't talk much about his war experiences until a few years before his death.
2013-11-12 11:03:45 PM  
I'll go for "Always."

It has never been cool to read soldiers' letters. Touching, poignant, interesting, romantic, sad, amazing, hilarious, difficult, required, boring, enlightening; but never cool. Not even in the 40's.
2013-11-12 11:12:03 PM  
It is nice to see something educational on FARK no matter what it is.
2013-11-12 11:40:31 PM  
Finding your grandparents' old love letters is cool.  I'll tell you what's not cool:  When you find your grandparents' old  lust letters.
2013-11-12 11:42:18 PM  
When they're informing a family their loved one has died?

Or when they're someone writing home to say they got seriously injured?
2013-11-12 11:43:51 PM  
Dear Eva,

The Jews are at it again. Can you believe it? What. A. Bunch. Of. Jews.

Cordially but not really,

2013-11-12 11:45:03 PM  
It's easy to fall in love with a woman and get married to her when she's already carrying your child.
2013-11-12 11:47:31 PM  

thisisyourbrainonFark: Dear Eva,

The Jews are at it again. Can you believe it? What. A. Bunch. Of. Jews.

Cordially but not really,


Came here to answer: "When they're written by Nazis", but yours is better.
2013-11-12 11:55:52 PM  
Knowing her dad was a private man who neverspoke about his experience during World War II, she believes that he did not mean to include the letters.

Yes he did. He was dying.
2013-11-13 12:02:24 AM  
My mom kept my dad's letters from WW2. He spent 2 1/2 years in New Guinea and Manila.
I have read several. It was hard going. He described daily life in the post at Finschhaven and also scenes from the Battle of Manila.

I almost felt like I was intruding on their relationship. But one of these days I'll take the box out again and try to make it through the pile.

/He wrote to her every day for 2 1/2 years.
2013-11-13 12:35:17 AM  
Are the WWII letters SS?
2013-11-13 01:06:02 AM  
Dear Mildred... still trapped on Corregidor.   Sam died yesterday from dysentery..

Bataan guys having a rough time we hear...

How is your brother on Wake Island?

I hear most of the screams and pounding noises from inside the sunken hulls in Pearl Harbor have died down now.   It's pretty quiet now.

2013-11-13 01:08:57 AM  
Did they write about necco wafers?
2013-11-13 02:23:10 AM  

mcmnky: Did they write about necco wafers?

I'm affraid so.  And their wanting to wafer around south Boise.  Oh mine eyes!!!
2013-11-13 02:28:38 AM  
Did someone ask about letters home during WWII?
2013-11-13 07:41:04 AM  
I was always amazed at how well my grandfather composed himself after the war (battle of the bulge, cleaned up concentration camps). At face value, he was friendly, polite, and loving. We found some of his letters to grandma in the attic and to her he was thoughtful, sweet, and optimistic. Then I learned (years later) that he would hide in the basement weeping, because he shot a fifteen year old boy in the heart in Germany. What a horrible, horrible thing to live with. And back then they would just call it shell shock. That someone could survive the depression, the war, and then be so outwardly good to people amazes me.
2013-11-13 08:44:28 AM  
Not cool until somebody finds a 40's replacement for "Ashoken Farewell" to read over it.
2013-11-13 08:47:17 AM  
Late to the party here, but I'll post anyway.  I had the priviledge of visiting the war memorial in Caen France.  The exibit they had at the time was war life.  A loudspeaker reading letters collected from troops to loved ones about daily life "in the trenches".  It was, at the same time, the absolute awesomenest and saddest thing I've ever experienced.
2013-11-13 10:10:25 AM  
Dear John...
2013-11-13 11:05:33 AM  
Knowing her dad was a private man who never spoke about his experience during World War II, she believes that he did not mean to include the letters... let's publish all the private information he never wanted anyone to see!
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