Soldier 1: July 24th, 1861.
Dear Mother, I received your letter
after a return to camp.
Yes, we have been and gone and done it.
The rebels opened a very destructive fire
upon us. Captain Smith was struck by a
round shot completely cut in two.
We kept on to Washington more dead than alive.
The last five miles of that march was
perfect misery having been on our feet
Soldier 2: My dear Mother, I have just time
to write you a word that I'm in bully
condition and have got to enjoying the
life much. Today's mail has made up for
past injustice and neglect by bringing
me five envelopes, four enclosing letters
and one, even better, a toothbrush.
Wife 1: Dear Ed, when you get this picture you
won't say any more about my getting
another chap, for you will see that I
have grown so homely that a fellow must
be a fool to have anything to say to me.
Wife 2: Dear husband, we are well and get along
first-rate. My wood is all saved up and
I've got it paid except the two chords
of hardwood. I shall be glad when this
war is over and you get safely back to
Soldier 3: Before you get this you will know how
immense the butcher's bill has been.
These nearly two weeks have contained
all of the fatigue and horror that war
can furnish. Your letters are the one
pleasure and you know my love. Your
Soldier 1: May 28th, 1918.
Dear Cousin Grace,
reached camp last night, about 11:45.
Marched to barracks. Received a kitbag.
I took out bed ticking and filled with straw.
We're fed beef stir and coffee. Turned in.
Soldier 2: This comes to you, Walter from my
headquarters in the front line. Just think.
Old Jerri Bosch, but 500 yards from
where I am writing. I'm in a cellar.
Soldier 3: Dear Mother, the knitted socks arrived
okay. As to eats, doughnuts got too dry on route.
Cookies are fine, but a bit crumbly.
Best thing is the chocolate.
Soldier 4: I am the last officer that is left, of five.
It is an odd feeling to watch them go, one by one.
Until you are the last. My recommendation
is in, and and I will be promoted if I
live. With my best, Ken.
Soldier 1: June, 1944.
Our outfit was the first to hit
France. The flight over was strange. The
plane was dark except when someone lit a
cigarette. And you could take a quick
glance at white, drawn faces. Then there
was the door. All of a sudden the night
came alive with flashes and streaks of
Soldier 2: One really lives for letters from home
out here. It's hard to express but mail
gives me just that much greater desire
to come back from each skirmish with the
enemy. That was a truly wonderful letter.
Wife 1: When the letter came, I was fixing lunch
for the children. Hurried to the mailbox
and tore open the envelope. I ran down
the garden to the fruit tree, shouting
for your mother, and she looked up and I
said, "A letter from Bob, written the 3rd!"
And we embraced. Later I read it again.
Wife 2: Darling, I must admit, I'm
not exactly the same girl you left. I'm
twice as independent and I shall
definitely have to work on my life. Do
you think you'll be able to bear living
with me? I don't doubt that many a night...
Mother: My dear Joe, we saw in the papers that
your division is attacking Iwo Jima.
Soldier 3: We who hit the beach and lived were
guided by the hands of God. I said your special prayer
mom each day and night so I'm certain
your prayers were responsible for my
safety I have prayed constantly that you
will emerge unharmed
god love you and be with you every
minute goodnight my little Joey
november my darling husband I knew
in my heart that you soon you would be
called for duty in Korea don't be afraid
because I'll be with you every single
minute if something should happen to
either one of us the other will always
have the wonderful memories I don't
worry about me a grenade landed right
next to me but it was a dud I got within
five feet of him when he started to
throw another I shot him straight
through the head I'm sorry I had to take
a human life but it was him or me wei
hua februari dear mom I know you
must be worried to death from not
hearing from me I got into it pretty
heavy a few days ago and it was a
miracle that i'm alive i'm a door gunner
strapped inside door of a chopper with
an m machine gun chained in front of
it we fly at treetop level and look for
the viet calm and getting another sixty
five dollars a month hazardous duty this
is the most exciting thing I've ever
done don't forget to send me a few of
those pictures when they are taken I
don't know if I told you my last letter
but I'm uncle
I'd kind of like to hear Elena's voice
again but some kind of anxious to get
get a tape from home I imagine she's
grown so much I probably recognize her
Harley on R&R is every picture you said
it seems like she's changed so much
every step you take is into the unknown
the thought ever-present in your mind
will I return februari Saturday
night is when I heard that the ground
war and the Gulf had started it just
made my heart sink I didn't realize I
was so upset but when I can and I love
Alden come home safely soon his caboose
and excelling this year it's not really
the same here and i hope this cheers you
up and whoever
I never thought that heartache was
really your heart aching for someone i
miss you i love you so much I don't mean
to keep saying it but I want you to come
home Forever Yours dear mom we are
leaving for Bagram to flesh out
Taliban soldiers from the mountains this
is the biggest battle of the war on
terrorism it's hard to see all the guys
who were shot or wounded and to know
you're going right back in there every
morning for a month I woke up and the
first thing I did was go to cnn.com and
go to the casualties list I was so
scared I'm sitting in my little hole
trying to relax when a large jet takes
off the ground shakes and dust reigns
from the ceiling one thing's for sure
the majority of the time spent here is
an incredible boredom interspersed with
brief periods of sheer terror hey little
bud no you make sure you're being a good
boy and helping mommy while I'm gone I
love you so much man hey next time I
call try to think of another one of your
funny jokes to tell me okay there's a
hole in me when you're not near
I need to sleep now but i'll see you in