4 October 1943 S/Sgt. R Wallis 353rd Bomb Squadron 301st Bomb Group Dear Harriet, Here I am at it again tonight. But this time without any interruptions, I hope. Your birthday card arrived today – tell me is that for the next year? Now don’t get sore, I was only kidding. It was damn nice … More October 4th 1943, Dear Harriet: “They can’t seem to understand how I can become so interested in a girl whom I’ve never seen before. I think if they had the chance to read some of your letters they might see the light.”
5 October 1943 S/Sgt R. Wallis 353rd Bomb Squadron 301st Bomb Group (H)AAF Dear Harriet: So help me, this makes my fourth attempt to write to you in as many days. I manage about three or four lines and something comes up that causes a halt. Regardless of what happens now I’m going to … More October 3rd 1943, Dear Harriet: “The next time I write I’m going to climb down a well. If that don’t work nothing else will.”
September 28th, 1943 St. Louis, MO. U.S.A. Dear Roy: Here it is September 28th, and I know a certain young man who’s having a birthday today. Not mentioning any names of course, but his first name begins with an “R” and ends with a “Y”. I’m so terribly afraid that perhaps he isn’t really having … More September 28th, 1943, Dear Roy: “I know a certain young man who’s having a birthday today.”
Dear Harriet: Had thought at first that I would give you a detailed account of our trip to Tunis yesterday, but the present does not find me in a very literary mood. However, a not too lengthy resume of the highlights might keep you interested for a while. I might say that one of … More September 25, 1943 Dear Harriet. “Let me know when the leaves start changing color.”
It’s January. The snow has melted, the holidays have passed. In the closet a box of letters, stained and sorted, wait. The letters have set in their boxes since WWII. Its 2017. Time to carefully unfold each one. Read, transcribe, share. The letters were written by my grandparents, beginning in the spring of 1943 and … More Read, transcribe, share. Thoughts behind the project.
North Africa 24, September 1943 Dear Harriet, I intend to get away from it all tomorrow and spend a day in Tunis. As head of the Intelligence Department the whole works can go to pot as far I am concerned. What Mike and I have in mind (Mike is one of my tent mates) is … More September 24, 1943, Dear Harriet: “Up amid the platinum stars…”
North Africa 23 September 1943 Dear Harriet, Until five minutes ago I was so low my chin was hovering in the vicinity of my shoe tops. A very uncomfortable position to remain in for any length of time. Yes, you may well ask the reason why. Number one, because I had received no word from … More September 23, 1943, Dear Harriet: “Believe me, this place puts Kansas in the minor leagues.”