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Diamond, Sidney, (1922-1945) to Estelle Spero

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09120.125 Author/Creator: Diamond, Sidney, (1922-1945) Place Written: Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 November 1942 Pagination: 9 p. ; 15.5 x 23 cm.

Summary of Content: Diamond relays a debate that had taken place during the student presentations on the pros and cons of a soldier choosing to get married. He informs Estelle that he received his first mark below 80 (a 79 in chemical tactics), but that the rest of his grades are fine. Sidney also writes that he hopes that Estelle will be able to come to his graduation due to take place the following Saturday.


Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: World War IISoldier's LetterMilitary HistoryWomen's HistoryMarriageEducationWeaponry

Sub Era: World War II

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