Dear Mom - Letters Home March 1943 - June 1945

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From what I have been reading, this is a rarity.

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I have letters from here in the states, the trip overseas, North Africa 5th. I censored mail for the U.

Your text and illustrations will help, and I just found a WW I - One, that is - censored post card at an antique shop here! I am researching my grandfather and have learned that he may have served at the V-Mail station in Chicago after being room from the PTO due to the Sullivan Act. I have found it difficult to find info on V-Mail or the station. I have collected a few pieces of V-Mail but really want to find out if they may have passed through my grandfather's hands. If you have info or ideas where I might find info please e-mail at jipfbutter yhoo.

We were in New York City. Brittany Nesbitt - March '06 This was a wonderful web page. I will definitely require this page for other people who want to learn about V-mail!! I will be interested in what my history teacher thinks of this page!! Thank you so much for helping me understand!!! I was 10 years old and had written him a letter. He talks about the great easter we all had together and how much bigger it would have been if he could have been with us. He was a guard working at night and sleeping days.

I know he was in Guam, not sure if he was there when he wrote this to me. I cherish this v-mail-it has worn well even tho it is almost 62 years since he sent it.


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Hester Giddings - Feb '06 My uncle and I had lively exchanges during the war. I was 10 and 11 years old. He wrote long letters and there were times I'd have to wait for a week or more to get all of the pages. For his 80th birthday in I was determined to find a V-Mail form to send him greetings. Then I went to the Smithsonian Museum--the American History branch--and found they were setting up a display of V-Mail for grade schoolers. The museum personnel were kind enough to send a copy of a form to me and I in turn sent it to my uncle with appropriate greetings.

Thanks for the memories. Marc - Germany - Feb 06 Great project! Showing people the feelings of soldiers who had to shoulder so much agony is very important. Especially in times of computer games and "high tech war" many people forget that war is different from what the media tries to make us believe.

Michael Donahue - Feb 06 My dad, who died in , worked for Kodak in Chicago, and told me that this was one of the things he did during the war. He was born in , but my oldest sister was born in '41; between his age, his child, and his job he was not drafted. I am very happy to see some information about Dad's part in the Great War. I have my dad's V-mail letters home to his parents and my mother, but there are no letters to him from home.

Dear Mom - Letters Home March 1943 - June 1945

Ima Mae Moreland - Feb '06 Thanks so much for the article. I remember v-mail from my brothers to my mother during WW 2, but never knew how it was done. I still have one of the old letters. Chris Meisenzahl - Feb '06 What a great story and interesting piece of history! I've read about vmail before but never in such detail. For those of you that still have some, I hope you are able to maintain it for future generations to learn about.

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Buster M. Simmons - Feb '06 Thanks for bringing to an uninformed generation of people some of the really "important" history of World War II!! V Mail was a real blessing to the guys away from home. I know, I was in the ETO for 22 months. Susan L. Rogers - Feb '06 Fascinating! This is the first I have ever heard of this. Thank you for sharing. Edward Hoyenski - January '06 Thank you for this website. Our Rare Book Room is accumulating examples of V-Mail for research "accumulating" rather than acquiring since there's no money to purchase! This site has helped me in the cataloging of the V-Mail in our collection, and understanding of the process.

In going through the V-Mails we have, I have realized we have a chance to show these students what life was like through the eyes of the men who served in WWII. While going through her things, I founs letters and V Mails from her brother. These letters are dated from to On the V mails, the postage only has The date, time and NO 3. I was wondering if there was any way that I could find out what V Mail station they went through? Thank you for your help. Violet C.

Know anything? He was in he 18th v-mail detachment in France.


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  6. He is now 86 years old and I am trying to get information on his old unit and their contribution to the war effort. Thanks for your informative website. Janet Barnes - Oct '06 My parents passed away a few months from each other in The letters had been kept by my Mother for over 60 years.

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    I found telegrams and a number of small letters but I did not know what they were until I discovered your website. I now know they are V Mail. I am delighted to find out what they are. My plan for the letters is to incorporate them into a book, beginning with my parents as teenagers when they first met. There are quite a few of them, numerous ones to and from my father and his three brothers who were also in the service at that time.

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    There are also many, many V-Mails from family members at home to my father overseas! From what I have been reading, this is a rarity. I have letters from here in the states, the trip overseas, North Africa 5th. I censored mail for the U. Your text and illustrations will help, and I just found a WW I - One, that is - censored post card at an antique shop here! I am researching my grandfather and have learned that he may have served at the V-Mail station in Chicago after being room from the PTO due to the Sullivan Act.

    I have found it difficult to find info on V-Mail or the station.

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    I have collected a few pieces of V-Mail but really want to find out if they may have passed through my grandfather's hands. If you have info or ideas where I might find info please e-mail at jipfbutter yhoo. We were in New York City.

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