Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mother's Day letter home

Staff Sgt. Crawford A. Smith was stationed at Camp Carson, Colorado in May of 1944.  He penned a letter to his mother on that Mother's Day, recounting his day, and hoping his mother had, "...a beautiful day today and everyone was well and you really enjoyed the day."

Letters home (usually V-Mail from overseas) were the main method of communication for troops and their families during World War II.  Phone service was possibly available for some still stationed in the United States, but as in the case with the Smith family, they did not have a phone.  The days of e-mail, tweeting, Skype and other methods that today keep our military more in touch with happenings at home were far, far away.  

The article below details the letter, that unfortunately would be one of the last correspondences he had with his mother as she died from an apparent heart attack within the month.  The devastation of troops while away losing family members back home cannot be forgotten.  Focus, while worthy of the recognition, has always been on the family losing a son, daughter, sibling, etc. killed in action.  But, the loss of a parent or other family member while stationed away, with no way to come home must be equally as tragic.

Read the entire article here: