This letter from my grandmother, Florence Mauro, was written May 7, 1945. Inside the return-to-sender envelope, which was postmarked July 31, 1945, was the original envelope. Someone had written by hand, “Deceased,” with a return-to-sender stamp.

Dearest Son,

This is the first time a letter got here so fast (only 10 days) and were we waiting for it. Very happy to hear you are well & safe.

It sure was good to hear the good news from there. I know it is too soon to hope for anything yet concerning you. But I can dream, can’t I? At least maybe now you will get to see your cousins & uncle.

Try to send a nice picture of yourself in uniform.

We will send some to you as soon as we get them.

I am just going to Jersey to see Uncle Martin. Have you heard from them lately?

Love & kisses from all.

God bless you and keep you safe.

Mom

PDF: My Grandmother Writes 3 Days After Babe’s Death; Doesn’t Yet Know He’s Gone

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