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Please Write Often: Wartime Correspondence
In addition to oral histories, the Veterans History Project collects original manuscript materials—including letters sent to and from veterans during their service. The correspondence collections in our archive present vivid accounts of war. They capture small details of the military experience that might otherwise be lost from memory, or considered unimportant in future retellings. Quite often, these letters are intimate, personal documents; whether exchanged between family members, friends, or lovers, they stand as statements of love. Here, we present 18 collections featuring examples of wartime correspondence. While similarities exist between them, each set of letters tells a unique story about how the individual veteran experienced war. [read news release]
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Image: Robert L. BarberRobert L. Barber
MARINE CORPS
Korean War

Photo, Personal Correspondence
Image: Edwin Turner Bowden, Sr.Edwin T. Bowden, Sr.
ARMY
World War I & II

Photos, Memoirs, Diaries, Personal Correspondence
Image: Ronald E. DzierzynskiRonald E. Dzierzynski
ARMY
Vietnam


Video Interview, Personal Correspondence
Image: Audrae Marie Miller GandreauAudrae M. Gandreau
WOMEN'S ARMY CORPS
World War II

Photos, Personal Correspondence
Image: Robert G. Geisler, Jr.Robert Geisler, Jr.
MARINE CORPS
Vietnam

Photos, Official Documents, Personal Correspondence
Image: Ralph Samuel JaffeRalph Samuel Jaffe
ARMY
World War II


Photos, Memoir, Personal Correspondence, Other Materials
Image: Patricia L. LalaPatricia L. Lala
CIVILIAN
Vietnam

Photos, Personal Correspondence
Image: Allan Stuart LevinAllan Stuart Levin
ARMY
Vietnam

Audio Interview, Photos, Personal Correspondence
Image: Christopher Ryan LintonChristopher R. Linton
ARMY
Persian Gulf Era

Audio Interview, Personal Correspondence
Image: Dennis Keith MartinDennis Keith Martin
ARMY
Vietnam

Photos, Personal Correspondence
Image: Richard E. MerwinRichard E. Merwin
NAVY
World War II

Photos, Personal Correspondence, Official Documents
Image: Irving OblasIrving Oblas
NAVY
World War II

Photos, Personal Correspondence
Image: Kenje OgataKenje Ogata
ARMY AIR CORPS
World War II

Video & Audio Interviews, Photos, Personal Correspondence
Image: John O'ReillyJohn O'Reilly
ARMY
World War II

Photos, Official Documents, Personal Correspondence
Image: Vincent SimonelliVincent Simonelli
ARMY
Vietnam

Photos, Official Documents, Personal Correspondence
Image: James Rudolph SorensonJames R. Sorenson
ARMY
World War I & II

Photos, Memoir, Official Documents, Personal Correspondence
Image: Chadwick W. StorlieChadwick W. Storlie
ARMY
Peacekeeping
Afghanistan & Iraq


Video Interview, Personal Correspondence
Image: Charles J. ThomsenCharles J. Thomsen
ARMY
World War I

Photos, Official Documents, Personal Correspondence
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