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May 26, 2013

HOPKINS: Notes to home on Memorial Day

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Charles

July 2, 1944, written on a post card depicting the Golfe de Porto:

“Hello Billy,

How is everything going? I have not heard from you in quite a while, if you get time write me a letter. Give my regards to your Daddy, mother and Bobby.”

Charles

Sept. 1, 1944, Corsica:

“Hello Billy,

“I sure was glad to receive your nice letter. I am feeling fine and hope this letter finds all at home the same. That sure must be a nice projector you have. How is Bobby’s turtle coming along? Do you drop in to see Grandma and Grandpa every once in a while? I bet you have plenty of airplanes made since I saw you last. I hope that V Day that the people are getting ready for comes soon. How is Junior making out and where is he at? I will try and collect a few souvenirs for you and Bobby to bring home. Well so long Billy, good luck and health to all.”

Charles

Nov. 18, 1944, Somewhere in France:

“Hello boys,

“Received both of your letters a few days ago and sure was glad to hear that you and your mother and daddy are well. I am now somewhere in France and from what I saw this country is pretty nice. (The next sentence was censored by an Army examiner) Billy, I have heard your school has a good team. Bobby, I hope you get a nice dog. Also, that club must be O.K. I am feeling fine and hope this letter finds you both, your mother and dad in the best of health. Later I will write to each of you boys so for now you both can read this.”

Charles

Dec. 13, 1944 Somewhere in France

This is an in interesting one. It has nothing but four scenes that appear to be hand-drawn. In the upper left, Africa 1942; upper right, Italy 1945; lower left, France 1944; lower right, “??? 1945.” That one shows what looks to be a scene of celebration in Times Square. Charles wrote above that, “Scranton I hope.”

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