By Marian Elizabeth Smith, Eugene T. Petersen
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 USA to hitch the 3rd Marine department on Guam and at last to participate within the conflict for Iwo Jima in February and March of 1945. The accrued letters in their next 18-month correspondence show a lot approximately wartime lifestyles at domestic and in a foreign country. This correspondence represents a time pill of present occasions as Smith and Petersen speak about Franklin Roosevelt, the United international locations, internationalism, well known video clips, the French aviator and poet Antoine de St. Exupery, the sketch Barnaby, and the frustrations of facing occasionally less-than-enlightened mom and dad. The lack of Marian's brother in the course of the bombing of Ploesti, Rumania, in June 1944, introduced Petersen and Smith nearer jointly, and after hundreds of thousands of letters the "chance for romance" Marian had steered early of their correspondence developed right into a marriage that has persevered for greater than part a century.
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Probably because I'm confused. I only know how relieved and how very glad I'd be to forget the whole thing. And that, perhaps, is the' best indication that it can be done. Think I'll write to Ginny4 now and ask her if she has half a room to spare. See you soon, dear. Love, Marian <><><><><><><><><><><><> October 51, 1944 [Camp Pendleton, California] Dear Marian, Well, I have finally got some sort of an assignment and got squared away in my new quarters. Temporarily I am in a company waiting further assignment to another outfit in which I will go overseas.
So you see that you have made a very good impression on me. Have to close now and study again. (Over)Love, Gene Followed the Rep. Convention in your dirty city. Any simalarity to the kind of politics the Rep's are going to play this fall and your dirty cityis not purely coincidentalappro place to hold their gum-beating. Dear old "Time" sure got some letters denouncing the N. Y Daily News article on why people read that "lousy" newspaper. Felt like writing myself. " Their editorials are not unlike these comic magazines you see sometimes and have about as much sense.
In a very real sense the letters are personal diaries that we chose to share with one another. And because they became love letters, we believed it worthwhile to preserve them, not with the thought of publication or even revealing them to anyone else, but as a reminder at some future date of a time when we shared, through the courtesy of the United States postal service, intimate words and thoughts of war and love. War stories have a tendency to dwell on heroism, bravery, blood, and sometimes victory.
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