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Graeff, Leonard Eugene, (1920-2016) to Susan Prowell and Raymond James Graeff

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09611.113 Author/Creator: Graeff, Leonard Eugene, (1920-2016) Place Written: Great Lakes, Illinois Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 9 October 1943 Pagination: 4 p. : envelope ; 25.3 x 15.9 cm.

Summary of Content: One letter from Leonard E. Graeff to his parents Susan Prowell Graeff and Raymond James Graeff, dated October 9, 1943. Leonard thanks them for the letters he received since he is still on maintenance duty he has time to answer their questions. He mentions that the men have to go to church each Sunday unless they are on watch. He believes the services are Episcopalian even if they are called Protestant. He answers their questions about his clothing and mentions a clothing allowance they get each year. Mentions Russell Winemiller is in good spirits, and Fuzzy thinks he will be out of country by Christmas. Charley Frank is in Maine and Dale Frank is in California.

People: Graeff, Leonard Eugene, 1920-2016
Graeff, Raymond James, 1889-1963
Graeff, Susan Prowell, 1890-1967
Winemiller, Russell, fl 1943
Frank, Charley, fl. 1943
Frank, Dale, fl. 1943

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

Subjects: World War IIMilitary UniformsReligion

Sub Era: World War II

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