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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Radiogram Signed in Print as Commander in Chief.
    -December 23, 1943. Headquarters / Service command / APO 502. One page. 8" x 10.5".
    -To: "Our Ill or Wounded Fighters".
    -Folds throughout, even toning, "Original" penciled along lower margin, very good.

    The message reads: "On behalf of a grateful nation I welcome the privilege of sending you Christmas Good Wishes. The uncomplaining gallantry of our American Soldier and Sailor in his quiet patient battle against illness and aching wounds is no less epic than his uncompromising gallantry in his more widely heralded fight against the Axis. We cannot wish you a Merry Christmas. We can salute you- and we do. May God speed your recovery. We can pray- and we do."


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    A wonderful and authentic piece of American history, an original 8 ½ x 11" Radiogram from FDR to the Headquarters of the Service Command, APO 502, December 23, 1943. The radiogram reads: "TO: Our Ill or Wounded Fighters:/ On behalf of a grateful nation I welcome the privilege of sending you Christmas Good Wishes. The uncomplaining gallantry of our American Soldier and Sailor in his quiet patient battle against illness and aching wounds is no less epic than his uncompromising gallantry in his more widely heralded fight against the Axis. We cannot wish you a Merry Christmas. We can salute you–and we do. May God speed your recovery. We can pray–and we do./ Franklin D. Roosevelt,/ Commander in Chief." This type radiogram is unsigned but the original copy issued from The White House to the Service Command Headquarters for Christmas, 1943, a terrific World War II original item from the Commander in Chief to his wounded and ill soldiers and sailors during the middle of the war.



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    June, 2008
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