Category Archives: World War 2 Letters

75 years later, Atomic bomb reflections re-surface

Previously, I mentioned I’d been going through the World War II correspondence between my grandmother, Connie Maris in Holland, Michigan, and her husband, Chaplain (Captain) Marvin E. Maris, serving overseas’ in New Guinea and the Philippines from 1944 – 1945 … Continue reading

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“John Dana, Where are you?”: One mystery somewhat resolved

Recap from June 14th Post, “Dear Chaplain,” If you haven’t kept up on my entries, I came across hundreds of war letters sent back and forth from my grandmother, Connie Maris, and her husband, Army Chaplain, Captain Marvin Maris, who … Continue reading

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Dear Chaplain

In the previous entry, I mentioned my grandfather’s role as an Army Chaplain overseas had him wearing many hats.  Not only was he tasked with the spiritual morale of the troops but also officiating over funerals, where it became his … Continue reading

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A Chaplain’s wartime duties: My grandfather’s service to his men

It’s been a very long time since I’ve been in the States for patriotic holidays.  The 3 that most recently come to mind are  Memorial Day (May 25), Flag Day (June 14), and our upcoming Independence Day (July 4).  These … Continue reading

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Final Letter 5: The Reply from Chaplain Marvin Maris in the Philippines

Note:  This letter is copied from the war correspondence between my grandmother (Connie Maris) in Holland, Michigan, and her husband, Chaplain Marvin E. Maris, in the Philippines. He refers to letters from his wife which have been in the previous 4 … Continue reading

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Letter 4: My grandmother’s news and observations, Day After VE Day: May 9, 1945

Note:  This posting is Number 4 in a 5-letter series, taken from the war correspondence between my grandmother (Connie Maris) in Holland, Michigan, to her husband, Chaplain Marvin Maris, in the Philippines. Wednesday Morning, 8:15 a.m.    May 9, 1945 Dearest … Continue reading

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Letter 3: My grandmother’s 1945 VE Day events from Holland, Michigan

Note:  This posting is Number 3 in a 5-letter series, taken from the war correspondence between my grandmother (Connie Maris) in Holland, Michigan, to her husband, Chaplain Marvin Maris, in the Philippines. V-E Day, May 8, 1945: Tuesday Dearest Chaplain Mine: … Continue reading

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Letter 2: My grandmother’s war letters — Victory in Europe Announced: May 6, 1945

Note:  These postings are from the war correspondence between my grandmother in Holland, Michigan, to her husband, Chaplain Marvin Maris, in the Philippines.   Monday, May 6, 1945 Dearest One far away: Today is the day will always remember — unofficially … Continue reading

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In Honor of the 75th Anniversary of V-E Day: My Grandparents’ WW 2 Correspondence, A 5-letter series

Review Information A previous post spoke of a rare find in my home as my mom and I cleared out things for her upcoming house move:  Hundreds of  WW 2 correspondence letters between my grandmother, Connie Maris, and her husband, … Continue reading

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A Wartime Era Revealed: Digging through my grandparents’ World War II correspondence

During my extended stay in Illinois, my mom and I have continued  to prepare for her upcoming move to her smaller home, a move now delayed due to the pandemic.  We’ve been digging through rats’ nests around the house and … Continue reading

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