My Grandfather's WW2 Letters
These are my Grandfather's letters. Some are written many years before he joined the war effort and underscore the difficulty of living in that time. Other letters are written from boot camp, both at Leavenworth and Camp Wolters, TX. They describe a man sometimes confident and proud of his accomplishments, and other times unsure of his place in "this man's army", as he put it. The rest of the letters, at best, hint at the plodding pace of war as he fought in France. Because of the censor's watchful eye, his letters are almost benign as they speak of simple things like wishing for hot coffee, fresh pancakes, and music. Nevertheless, they allowed me to glimpse into the heart and mind of a man I never knew. To see what our fighting brave and their families at home gave up to preserve the freedoms we can so easily take for granted.
My original goal was to simply put the letters on the web so they could be read by anybody with an interest. However, it has turned into a labor of love and the site continues to grow. I am continually amazed by all of those who bravely answered their country's call, and especially the brave men of the 79th Infantry Division. This site is dedicated to all those who fought and those who never came home, who lie mute beneath rank upon rank of white marble markers and other unmarked places forever known but to their god. ~ Michael D. Ketchum
Private Letters invites you to share your memories of World War II with future generations. Veterans, family members, friends, and others can submit stories, videos, photographs, or more by email, phone, fax, or snail mail. Help tell the common and uncommon stories of WW2. Whether you served at home or abroad, on the front lines or the supply lines, or a family member with a story to share, we want to hear from all of you. Your story is important and helps enrich our understanding of our collective past. Thank you! Share your story
Winston Churchill once said of World War Two that it was not a war of princes or chieftains, but of peoples and causes; a war fought by unknown heroes. Here we acknowledge the unknown heroes that Churchill was referring to; heroes that sacrificed much if not everything. We remember and honour in our hearts these heroes, war veterans, and all the affected people, who valued freedom above all else. If you know of someone who should be recognized here, living or passed, from any country, contact us today! Visit the Honor Roll