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By Marian Elizabeth Smith, Eugene T. Petersen

ISBN-10: 0870134906

ISBN-13: 9780870134906

In mid-February 1944 Marian Elizabeth Smith, a tender Wisconsin lady, met Marine Corps Lieutenant Eugene T. Petersen at the passenger teach, El Capitan, because it made its 42-hour run from l. a. to Chicago. After a quick acquaintance, he left the U.S. to affix the 3rd Marine department on Guam and finally to participate within the conflict for Iwo Jima in February and March of 1945. The accrued letters in their next 18-month correspondence demonstrate a lot approximately wartime existence at domestic and out of the country. This correspondence represents a time pill of present occasions as Smith and Petersen talk about Franklin Roosevelt, the United international locations, internationalism, renowned video clips, the French aviator and poet Antoine de St. Exupery, the caricature Barnaby, and the frustrations of facing occasionally less-than-enlightened mom and dad. The lack of Marian's brother throughout the bombing of Ploesti, Rumania, in June 1944, introduced Petersen and Smith nearer jointly, and after 1000s of letters the "chance for romance" Marian had instructed early of their correspondence developed right into a marriage that has persevered for greater than part a century.

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And from then on, I gloated! " Didn't it seem that way to you? I hope you can read this letter. This isn't a very good pencil, but I packed my pen away somewhere & can't dig it out. They have already rented my room to someone else so I'm going home for a couple weeks and when I come back I'll stay with June 8 & [Gale] Murph[y] again at 14 W. Elm, Apt 1303. In the meantime, please write to me at Wittenberg. With all my heart, Gene, I wish you luck and hope that you'll be back safely very soon. Love, Marian <><><><><><><><><><><><> Nov.

To change the subject againI'm glad I saw the final election results before I left. Incidently write and tell me how Mo. went in your next letter. Will you? If it turned out to be Democratic I have to collect $10 from some Lt. over here somewhere. I'll never forget election night. This other Lt. M. and never left until 12:30 except to go to the bar for Bourbon & Ginger Ale. By that time we both were only he was sad and I very happy. Oh what a thrillit was worth all the mud slinging of the campaign we had to read about just for that one night.

I still don't know what made me do it really, except that it must have been an extreme aversion to allowing myself to become involved in the mental obligations entailed in accepting such generosity. My God, I'd have to work for Reliable the rest of my life to make up for it! Anyway, about eight o'clock, your special delivery letter came saying you might be gone Sat. , so I was glad I didn't go. Life is a merry-go-round, isn't it? You should have seen my mother and dad when I got home Sun. night.

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