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History Spotlight: Victory Mail

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del1001228920 #1 Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:45 AM

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Howdy Pilots, it's that time of year again. Filled with Hallmark cards, chocolate, and relatively positive sentiment. Sometimes it's enough to make you keel over, but I hope that isn't the case for you.

It wasn't always the weapons or ammo that kept our boys fighting in WWII. A soldier is only as strong as his resolve; a resolve derived from a connection to others.

Everywhere I look today I feel like I see an article about love letters, long lost or otherwise. While those tales are always quite incredible and heartwarming; they rarely make any mention of the machinations behind the delivery.

Take a look at our Victory Mail article, and do some additional reading if the spirit takes you, for a quick touch on the subject of mail delivery to the front lines during WWII.

If you've got an interesting tale to share, please feel free!

phalnx #2 Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:10 AM

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My grandfather served in the North African and European theatres for 3 years, and regularly corresponded with granny back home.  He would let her know where he was by making an oblique reference to a specific page of the Reader's Digest.  If it referred to an article on Tunisia, she knew that's where he was.  Yup, those poor censors were no match for grampy!

On a heavier note, he didn't get to see his first-born child until she was 3 years old...those letters were his only contact to his family for all that time.  It's amazing to think about the kind of strain that would put on a family...that was truly a tough generation!  I'm glad that so much effort was made to keep that line of communication open...it meant a lot to my grandparents, and I'm sure it saved many marriages and perhaps even lives.

NargilFenris #3 Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:25 PM

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Awesome news story. I love these pieces of history that WG finds to share with us.

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LordAlexander #4 Posted 17 February 2013 - 03:07 PM

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very cool thanks for sharing.

meazy1 #5 Posted 24 February 2013 - 05:58 PM

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I live near Fort Hood, Texas and believe me if it is one thing they want fast it is their mail from loved ones. My grandpa was in the Korean war and they had lost many lives too. I could only imagine not getting my letters or packages after I moved on or never getting them due to unforeseen events. Thank you V-mail for helping our soldiers in times of war.

Edited by meazy1, 24 February 2013 - 05:59 PM.

uni_bluesky #6 Posted 03 March 2013 - 02:19 PM

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Let's pray that war would only happen in game.........

I am so happy that i received the letter of confirmation to be a tester.

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