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Epilogue

The Nelson Siblings

Thank you to all of you who read the letters sent back from three WW2 theatres of the war.  We thought you might like to read an “ending” for them. Some of you may be wondering where and how they were found.  Most of them were addressed to “Jean and Jerry” (Jerry was the brother who was not in the war due to medical reasons.)  He and Jean were newly married and unknown to others, they kept all of the letters they received.  Their son found them in a shoebox several years ago.

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Cliff June 28th, 1945

Filipino Dances 1945

Filipino Dances 1945

“Dear Jean and Jerry,

Today I received your very nice package- thanks so much! It came in excellent condition and nothing was spoiled. T Shirts are what I needed as I wear them while on duty here. I wrote Mom yesterday to send some to me. The ‘cheer’ was a good treat- we are allowed a liquor ration now and will be getting the first of it in July.

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Cliff June 24th, 1945

Filipino Cock Fights 1945

Filipino Cock Fights 1945

“Dear Jean & Jerry,

Yesterday I received your V-mail of May 21st- also letters from Mom and Buck Karstadt, two packages, eight newspapers and a book of G.I. Cartoons from Milly & Lorne. This was my first mail in several days- are my letters reaching you in good time?

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Beany June 23rd, 1945

German POWs Build Barracks, Belgium

German POWs Build Barracks, Belgium

“Dear Jean & Jerry,

Not much has happened since my last letter, the latest is that the French are to take over this camp sometime in August. If so, we could either go home for redeployment there or up into Germany to administer a similar set-up. The latter is frowned upon by all.

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Beany June 12th, 1945

Liberation Celebrations In Paris, Summer 1945

Liberation Celebrations In Paris, Summer 1945

“Dear Jean and Jerry,

The souvenir I told you about will be ready to send you in about a week. It isn’t much but you may like it as it is unique. Now you can start imagining.

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