70 years ago – War on Guam continues

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.

4 Aug.

My precious sweetheart.

Can hardly walk. No time to write. 7 letters from you, one from John and I[syl], one from Nee [JB’s sister, Cornelia Cooke]. Couldn’t read them for hours after I got them. The going is rough and tough. Got note from Savvy with yours enclosed. Missed Savvy at Enuvetok [Enewetak]. Captured Shinohaha!! He rushed to me with open arms. I scorned him. Locked him up. He was terrible to the natives. More later.

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