Letter from a veteran


November 17, 2022

Going through a box of old photos, I ran across this letter which my dad, Verel Whitleley, wrote to the Nelson Gazette on April 9, 1944. I believe it was published shortly thereafter. He was 20 years old at the time, and was stationed in the Philippines during the big war. He came home in the spring of 1946, met my mother and the rest is history. This letter depicts the beauty of the country and some of the better conditions our soldiers lived through at that time. This was retyped by censors and the copy I have is a typed copy, which I am sending as it is written adding some punctuation....

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