In mid-February 1944 Marian Elizabeth Smith, a tender Wisconsin lady, met Marine Corps Lieutenant Eugene T. Petersen at the passenger educate, El Capitan, because it made its 42-hour run from l. a. to Chicago. After a quick acquaintance, he left the us to affix the 3rd Marine department on Guam and at last to participate within the conflict for Iwo Jima in February and March of 1945. The accrued letters in their next 18-month correspondence display a lot approximately wartime existence at domestic and in a foreign country. This correspondence represents a time pill of present occasions as Smith and Petersen talk about Franklin Roosevelt, the United countries, internationalism, well known videos, the French aviator and poet Antoine de St. Exupery, the sketch Barnaby, and the frustrations of facing occasionally less-than- enlightened mom and dad. The lack of Marian's brother in the course of the bombing of Ploesti, Rumania, in June 1944, introduced Petersen and Smith nearer jointly, and after 1000s of letters the "chance for romance" Marian had recommended early of their correspondence advanced right into a marriage that has continued for greater than part a century.
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