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Williams, Eugene W. (1925-1949) to Mom and Gerry

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09587.166 Author/Creator: Williams, Eugene W. (1925-1949) Place Written: Neubiberg, Germany Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 18 August 1949 Pagination: 4 p. ; 26.5 x 18 cm.

Summary of Content: Letter from Eugene Williams to Cordelia and Geraldine saying he almost made it to Africa from Germany but it was too cloudy to continue flying. He tells them to only write to the location he gives them. He writes about talking to a salesman about purchasing an endowment policy in case of his death. He says he will get different insurance soon. He writes that he includes $25 for Cordelia's birthday (not enclosed) and apologizes for being unable to send a card or present. He also mentions some has been playing basketball, watching movies, and recently got a haircut. On the last page of the letter is a hand drawn map of Africa and Germany, captioned "where we go for Gunnery."

People: Twitty, Geraldine Williams (1930 - )
Williams, Cordelia Shelton (1884-1978)
Williams, Eugene W. (1925 - 1949)

Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Subjects: African American HistoryMilitary PersonnelMilitary ServiceAir ForceChildren and Family

Sub Era: Postwar Politics and the Cold War

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