May 24: Communication. Do you have any letters, diaries, photographs, or post cards from your military ancestor? Write about their service using these items. #militarymemories
Letters from soldiers were censored before being sent home, unless the soldier had a way to circumvent that system. For instance, I spoke to a Naval man who passed his letters to a pilot friend who was going state-side and could drop the letter in the regular mail. Censor avoided. He also told me as we looked at a form letter with sections to fill in the blanks, that the Navy would often create form letters for sailors to fill in and send home. The information was already approved for viewing. We have to remember that letters back and forth often contained little about battles fought until time had passed. Soldiers tried to keep things upbeat so they would not worry family and friends at home about the dangerous circumstance.
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