A Thousand Letters Home
|About the Book|
On May 26, 2006, one month and one day after her Dads death, Teresa Irish raised the lid on the Army trunk that had resided in the family home her entire life. There, nestled in row after row, were her Dads nearly 1,000 handwritten letters fromMoreOn May 26, 2006, one month and one day after her Dads death, Teresa Irish raised the lid on the Army trunk that had resided in the family home her entire life. There, nestled in row after row, were her Dads nearly 1,000 handwritten letters from World War II. Carefully tucked away and visited only by him over the course of six decades, the letters were postmarked from November, 1942 to December, 1945. In the top left corner of each envelope was the signature of the sender, Aarol W. Bud Irish. The fragile and yellowed pages were addressed to Buds parents and to the sweetheart who would later become his wife, Elaine Marie Corbat. From lonesome, moonlit nights listening to the Hit Parade- to the foxholes and front lines of Germany where Bud would earn the Silver Star, the Purple Heart and the Bronze star- to correspondence from the heartbroken Mothers whose sons had died by his side, A Thousand Letters Home is a moving and historic story of life and loss, hope and perseverance, unwavering faith, and true love. At every opportunity, Bud poured out his thoughts and feelings in these letters home. As the reader turns the pages, the transition from boy to man is apparent in the passing of the weeks, months, and years. Unable or perhaps reluctant to recount what they had experienced, many veterans chose to spare their loved ones the detailed atrocities of war - these would be their own personal burdens to bear for the remainder of their lives. Bud foreshadowed this in a letter to his parents on February 4th, 1945: ...Heaven knows they [soldiers] dont want anything more on earth than to get it over and go back to their loved ones...We dont want anything extra when we get home, but just want to find everything as we left it and forget everything thats happened or weve seen over here... This book is for the children, grandchildren and future descendants of WWII veterans. This book is for all Americans...lest we forget.