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Letters from Mildred Ward

Milly August 5th, 1941

Milly and Susan

Milly and Susan

” Dear Ome,

The sunsuit set you sent is just darling-just what I had been wanting for her. She wore it on her birthday Sunday. Thank you very much. You always pick out such nice things.”

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Milly July 30th, 1941

Milly with Susan

Milly with Susan

A week earlier, Beany had left home to report for basic training at Camp Wolters, Texas. Letters to and from Milly’s husband Lorne in Hawaii were taking very long to reach their destination.

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The Nelson Children

The Nelson Children

Cliff, Jerry, Milly and Beany

“America was making arms and food for the British, but at home 130 million people were living their own lives, doing American things: reading the football scores, thinking of turning in the old automobile for a “snazzy” new model, going fishing, taking it easy.” – Alistair Cooke

Before 1941, the Nelson children lived a pretty typical small town American life. They played sports in High School, fished, went duck hunting, watched movies, went bowling and worked to help support themselves and the family.

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Milly January 29th, 1945

Playing Cribbage In Normandy

Playing Cribbage In Normandy

“Dear Kids,

We received the box of Kleenex in good shape. Thanks so much for the trouble. I am enclosing 2 dollar bills to cover that and the Coty’s dahlia lipstick that I mentioned in my card.

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