A chance for love: the World War II letters of Marian by Marian Elizabeth Smith, Eugene T. Petersen

By Marian Elizabeth Smith, Eugene T. Petersen

In mid-February 1944 Marian Elizabeth Smith, a tender Wisconsin girl, 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 short acquaintance, he left the U.S. 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 gathered letters in their next 18-month correspondence show a lot approximately wartime existence at domestic and out of the country. This correspondence represents a time pill of present occasions as Smith and Petersen speak about Franklin Roosevelt, the United countries, internationalism, well known videos, the French aviator and poet Antoine de St. Exupery, the caricature Barnaby, and the frustrations of facing occasionally less-than-enlightened mom and dad. The lack of Marian's brother through the bombing of Ploesti, Rumania, in June 1944, introduced Petersen and Smith nearer jointly, and after thousands 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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And when he came back he said, "How would you like to go to Los Angeles on business. A. " What I could tell him about turnbuckles that he doesn't know already, you could put on a penny postcard. I just couldn't believe it! I was so amazed at such an offer and so anxious to go that my no-thank-you's were not at all convincing. So they gave me a check for $230 and at 6:00 Fri. night my reservation was confirmed on Flight #19 leaving at 6:25 Sat. M. You never saw anyone so excited in your life. I was actually ill from excitement.

With all my heart, Gene, I wish you luck and hope that you'll be back safely very soon. Love, Marian <><><><><><><><><><><><> Nov. 14, 1944 [Wittenberg] Gene darling, Our one and only theater in Wittenberg was showing Guadalcanal Diary tonight, so just for a little Marine atmosphere I went. All I can say is I wish this damn war could end before you ever get into something like that. I have a long and amazing story to tell you, dear, about my trip to California. Friday morning I told Paul about your wire and said I'd decided not to go, but to go home for a while instead.

Like mine, they contain her equally frank opinions on national and world politics, as well as glimpses of wartime life on the home front as experienced by a young woman working for a defense manufacturer. Her kitchenette apartment had a living room that doubled as a bedroom, thanks to ''Murphy beds" she and her friend Gale pulled down from the wall. She told me about train travel home to northern Wisconsin under trying conditions; shortages of certain food, especially meat; long lines at movie theatres; and working for less-than-enlightened superiors.

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