70 years ago – Invasion of Guam begins

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.

21st 10.30
My own angel –

This is it – I’m looking for people I know. Haven’t seen any so far. Everything looks the same as ever, but Oh how different. Going tough but very satisfactory.

I know you are by the radio. I read your prayer last night and I have your picture over my heart. I have both folders in the same pocket – all the immediate family together. Tell John and his own that I’m thinking of them too. I love all of them and I know they are thinking of me. Would like to tell you a lot but can’t. I feel fine just tired but every time I sit down I immediately get up to take a look. I’m almost deaf but the excitement and glory is great. “God Bless America” and God bless all of you. Kiss ’em all for me and to you, my adorable wife, everything. Thank you for your prayers. I have a great interest in everything, no fear, whatever.

Your devoted Daddy

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