70 years ago – Memories on Guam

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.

8 Aug.

My own Sweetheart

This is my Mother’s Birthday. If she were alive she too would offer her prayers for me. Mama was a remarkable woman. Some of her traits and some of her looks, I have. I wish I had them all. Mama would be so happy about you and the love and help that you give to me. How pleased she would be about my Anne. A grand woman.

Last night I had Mrs. Butler and Notely to my tent. A marine officer, Lt. Moeling, a big tackle from Penn., cooked up a fine meal, from can rations, bacon, cornbeef stew, tomatoe juice and peanuts, coffee. The ladies related many tales of horror. Mrs Butler was badly beaten. They are so happy now. Organized resistance has ceased and all we have to do is mop up. Clean out the snipers – we need clothes for these people. They are so destitute. The Japs took everything they had. Please get busy and start a drive.

Your devoted Daddy

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