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    Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Autograph Letter Signed "Joe Kennedy." Two pages, 7" x 10.5", U.S. Naval Air Station Letterhead, Jacksonville, Florida, August 22, 1941. This letter was written to Mr. John Bratton Davis, who Joe affectionately refers to as "Brat." It reads in part, " Thanks very much for the picture. I am stationed down here at the present, but I may be sent on to Corpus Christi any day. I am hoping however to be stationed here to finish my course…" Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. was, of course, the oldest brother of John F. Kennedy. He was tragically killed in a naval mission over the English Channel. His body was never recovered; he was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously. Intelligent, handsome and articulate, it is commonly believed that Joe Kennedy, Jr. would have been groomed as the first Kennedy to make a run at the presidency. And oh, how that would have changed history...

    The letter is in very fine condition; usual folds are present; ink is slightly faded. The letter comes complete with the original envelope, postmarked August 25, 1941. An incredibly rare Kennedy signature! Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.


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    February, 2006
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