Updated Dec. 6, 2011
A few notes on my process for this project.
I’m still working on how I’ll organize the letters on this blog. For now, I expect there will be separate categories for letters from 1943, 1944 and 1945, the years he served. I’ll have a commentary category for comment on specific letters in which I hope to expand or shed more light on the subjects he discusses or background.
Unless otherwise indicated, Babe addresses his letters to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mauro (his father) or directly to his mother, Florence Mauro, or directly to his father. The mailing address is 491 Lexington Avenue, Mount Kisco, N.Y. (Note: They didn’t have ZIP codes in 1943!). I don’t plan to retype the mailing address every time, unless, as I said, he addresses a letter to someone else.
I will henceforth, as you’ve already seen, refer to my uncle as “Babe,” which was his nickname.
When I note the date of a letter or a postcard, my first preference will be to use the date written on the letter itself. If there is no date on the letter, I’ll use the date from the postmark.
I will also fix slight spelling or punctuation errors for the sake of making them easier to read, but I’m going to have to just use my best judgment on that. Generally, I intend to include scans of the actual letters or cards as well.