Description[WWII] Archive of Approximately 101 Letters from Ernest "Ernie" Swain to His Wife, Geneva "Jeanne" Swain. 1943-1945. When he could, Ernie Swain wrote his wife almost every day. Half of the letters are from Mr. Swain's time in training. These are written on U. S. Naval Construction Training Center stationery corresponding to Mr. Swain's return address in Camp Peary, Va. The other half of the letters are from Mr. Swain's tour of duty in the Pacific Theater, with references to both the islands of Samui and Eniwetok, though it is obviously unclear in which battles Mr. Swain participated specifically. The letters are extremely affectionate and conversational. Mr. Swain frequently calls his wife "Shorty, "Sweetheart," and "Honey" and tells her how much he misses her. Occasionally, the letters verge into some explicit content, which serves to humanize them even more. Apparently, Ernie Swain survived the war, as in his latest letter, dated October 12, 1945, he mentions his unit's preparations for homecoming, saying that he would see his wife in about a couple of weeks.
All letters come with their original envelopes, complete with the inspection stamp signed by a naval censor. From the collection of Judith Adelman.
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