"These happy golden years are passing by, these happy golden years." Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

WWII Letter to H.K. in honor of Veteran's Day


United States Navy

My Darling Daughter H.K.,

Haven't had a letter from you for quite a while, so better get busy and see what's the matter with you. I got the one you sent me with the pictures in it ... and I think they are swell. How did your skirt fit and did you like it? Tried to get one that had the anklets and bracelets to go with it but couldn't find one. Why don't you sit down and write me a nice long letter about how you are coming along in school and about your dancing school. It's so hot here it's hard to write without sweating all over the stationary. Grandma C wrote that she sent you a picture. I had one taken with a friend of mine so will send it to you. It isn't so good, but maybe you can make out who it is. Tell mother I will write her too. I won't be able to write as often from now on, at least for a while. The other fellow in the picture is our quarter master and lives in New York. I showed him the pictures of you and he thinks you are some kid. How's Betty and Aunt Junie and Art? Tell mother I had a nice long letter from Uncle Earl not long ago and Lynn had been sick but is better again now. Haven't a lot of time to write now, but will write you again as soon as I can.

Love to you and all,


(Letter written by my maternal grandfather to my mother when she was nine years. Grandpa was serving our country during WWII in the South Pacific on the LST 1000)


Trish said...

What a precious keepsake for you! I am feeling very melancholy today...missing my Daddy. He was so proud of being a WW11 Vet and the 6 years he served.

Pat said...

I loved reading this. What a treasure for your family to keep. May God Bless those who wear the US uniform and keep them safe.

Sara said...

amazing gift you have shared with us. God bless and keep our soldiers.

Felisol said...

Dear Mrs. Mac,
A letter so touching.
The horrors your granddad had to face, and still expressing this love for his darling daughter.
A love stronger than fear and death.
From Felisol

Deb said...

Simply a treasure.

Thanks for sharing this with us.

My heart bursts with gratitude and pride as I think of all those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

(The word verification for this post: dering. They almost got it right...how about daring. Daring to fight for the freedom in which you believe!)

Constance said...

Thank you SO much for sharing! I still remember when I shared on Show and Tell Friday the letter written by my grandmther's brother while he was on board the USS Enterprise. He wrote it shortly before he was killed in the Battle of the Solomon Islands and she recieved it and word of his death around the same time. I still have the preservation link that you forwarded to me!


Jada's Gigi said...

God bless those who have served and those who have been home missing those who have served..what a treasure to have that letter. Do people write letters anymore? My SIL will keep in touch via email and skype.