Below is a letter from my grandfather to his parents, sister, brother, and sister-in-law during World War II. He served in the army infantry in Europe. His family called him Brother, so that is how he signs his letters. I feel privileged to have been able to read so many of his letters home from the war. He did make it home from this war, wounded but alive. So many did not.
2 Oct – ‘44
Dear Folks –
I’m sorry it’s been so long since you have heard from me, but we have been awfully busy – have seen quite a bit of France and it is very pretty. The mountains are as pretty as those back in N.C.; but, Oh! how I’d like to be seeing those in N.C. instead of Europe.
Don’t you folks worry about me if there is no mail for some time because there will be very little time to write. When I have time, I’ll write as often as possible.
Excuse this paper it’s the only paper that I have.
The weather here is not so good – cold and raining – we stay wet quite a bit of the time which makes it worse.
Guess you folks are plenty busy back there with the harvesting. Hope you are getting along OK with it. Maybe I’ll be back to help you dry next year this time.
Well it’s getting dark so I’ll close – will write more when I have time – please don’t worry about me when you don’t hear from me very often as I’m too busy to do much of that just now.
I’ve had no mail from anyone since the last of July so keep on writing to me it’ll be welcome when it does get here.
Hope this finds you in the best of health and happiness – I’m OK – getting something to eat anyway.
Love to all-
Sister, Walter, and Jane