Christmas Eve, Dec 24, 1944


Christmas Eve, Dec 24, 1944

This letter breaks my heart.

24 Dec 1944 V-Mail

Merry Christmas, Mary darling. It is 10:30 PM and I have just opened my only pkge. Thanks, sweetheart, for the Woolcoth, New Yorker, game, soap, Canape Spread, etc. All very useful, or amusing stuff. And the “piece by piece” candy, tossed in by Karen is extra tasty because of!

It’s been a beautifully bright sunshiny day – more so because the ground was white with frost until noon. Darn near froze going for mail today. Tonight several of us brought over whatever we had to eat (the best was a fruit cake brought by the Chaplain) we made a can of coffee and had a bit of a party. Frankly, it was awfully forced. We closed about 9:30 with some pretty feeble carol singing. Then I went out and looked at a brilliant new moon for a while – into the barracks to open my present – and now a letter to you, my very darling. Aside from church this morning (which was a little tough, a few times) that about sums up Christmas Eve. Think I’ll go to bed. All my love – and thoughts – are for you and Karen. I’m so glad I got your pkge – Rollin


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  • Ann
    Posted at 15:57h, 18 August Reply

    So sad…….I remember my dad telling me about his Christmas Eve in England. They were playing “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas” with Bing Crosby singing. Being a boy from Montana, it was a heart wrenching moment for him. The next day they flew their B-17’s on one of his 33 missions……mostly over German territory enduring the flak and dangers they faced each mission. All these men really are the Greatest Generation!!

    • maelife
      Posted at 16:01h, 18 August Reply

      Hey Ann That’s amazing that your dad was going through a similar experience! It’s heart wrenching isn’t it? The ones I’m posting in the next few days are really sad too – I’ve just wept sometimes after reading these letters. It’s made me feel so close to my dad. I hope he can feel it – dear soul that he is. Always wanted to be loved and appreciated, and now after all these years, I do!

      Thanks for your support and would love to know more about what your dad went through as well. xxx MA

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