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The Curry Family

During World War II, many families sent multiple sons off to serve—but the Curry family’s military legacy stands out even within this context of wartime sacrifice. Six Curry brothers—Wayne, Keith, Arl, Kent, Thad, and Carroll— served during World War II. Kent was the first to enlist. After joining the Navy, he spent the war aboard the USS Grayson in the Pacific Theater. Arl and Carroll also wore Navy blue, though they were stationed stateside. Soldiers Wayne, Keith, and Thad fought in the European Theater, while a seventh son, Robb, served during the Korean War. All wrote letters home to their sister, Ruth, the oldest sibling in the family. Ruth served as the hub for family correspondence, sending letters to each of her brothers and then circulating their responses to the rest. Fortunately, all seven brothers survived their time in the military. Arl was the only one of the family to be injured; a Navy pilot, he was wounded during a carrier landing at Great Lakes Naval Base.
Image of William Wayne Curry

"I have been intending to write to you for a long time…" (Letter to Ruth, 3/23/1944)

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"Tell Robb and Carroll to hold things down a few more months and the rest of us will be home to help out." (Letter to Mother and Ruth, 6/29/1944)

Image of Thad Curry

"I was glad to get the letters from the other boys that you sent." (Letter to Ruth, 11/16/1944)

Image of James arl Curry

"Well, I finally got up in the air again." (Letter to Ruth, 5/23/1943)

Image of Kent Curry

"Guess Keith and Wayne have their hands full in France..." (Letter to Mother, 7/30/1944)

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"I have now been in the Navy a week, it seems like a year."(Letter to Mother, 10/16/1944)

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"I sure hope this war will soon be over." (Letter to Ruth, 1953)

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