Letters From WWII found in a storage locker
December 7, 2017 8:40 AM   Subscribe

Four siblings wrote hundreds of letters to each other during World War II. The story they tell of service, sacrifice and trauma was hidden away in an abandoned storage unit — until now.
posted by COD (6 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
Wow, what a thing to find, and what a story. Thanks for the post!
posted by languagehat at 9:25 AM on December 7, 2017 [1 favorite]

Fascinating read; not only do you get the impacts of the war, but an entire slice of family history - the health problems, the traumatic experiences, the different career arcs both during and after the conflict, etc. Glad that they were preserved; I hope they find a home in a good museum or archive.
posted by nubs at 10:42 AM on December 7, 2017

Thanks so much. I’ll check out the podcast.

The letters they printed are amazing. If I had read them in a writing workshop today, I’d say, “Fantastic job, but you don’t have to put in quite so much period detail to convince us. That’s the Fortiest thing I ever read.”

Heartbreaking to see John hectoring his mentally ill brother about bucking up and not being such a dreamer.
posted by Countess Elena at 11:29 AM on December 7, 2017 [5 favorites]

Very appropriate post today!
posted by TedW at 11:31 AM on December 7, 2017 [1 favorite]

What an amazing find. Thanks for the post!
posted by rtha at 12:12 PM on December 7, 2017

I was pleasantly surprised to find the Marshall Islands reference. One of the brothers liberated Kwajalein Island, and 40 odd years later I would graduate from Kwajalein High.
posted by COD at 12:15 PM on December 7, 2017 [3 favorites]

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