70 years ago – Western Pacific

When J.B. wrote these missives, he was 59 years old and part of the U.S. Marine invasion force to retake Guam and determine friend from foe. These are his exact words although I have corrected some spellings and any additions/clarifications I have added will be italicized.

My precious woman.

This day has been a mixture of sunshine and rain. Gentle breezes most of the time. Temperature doesn’t change much. Wonder how you are making out with the map. I can just see you figuring the whole thing out. Haven’t seen any of the old friends for some days. Must locate ’em. The censorship is so strict these days, of course, I don’t mean to violate any rules but it is hard for me to understand some of them. You’ll know that I’m somewhere in the Pacific. As time goes on you’ll know where.

It is most satisfying to know that you know what it’s all about and can take care of yourself. It helps the peace of mind to know that the loved ones are safe and able to watch out for things. Knowing that there is someone intensely interested, an interest born of faith and love, makes the days brighter. You, my angel, are everything. You are all that I want to spur me on and make me step on the gas. What a day when I see you again. I love you all the time darling

– Your devoted Daddy

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