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WW2 Era V-Mail Letter written by U.S. Soldier while in Africa, 1943.

Article about: To: Miss Mayme Huesman 341 Upland Ave. Dayton, Ohio U.S.A. From: PFC. D.C.Howell 15087197 Band 531st Eng. Shore Regt. June 30th 1943 The letter reads: “My dearest Aunt, Just a few lines to

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    WW2 Era V-Mail Letter written by U.S. Soldier while in Africa, 1943.
    To:
    Miss Mayme Huesman
    341 Upland Ave.
    Dayton, Ohio U.S.A.

    From:
    PFC. D.C.Howell 15087197
    Band 531st Eng. Shore Regt.
    June 30th 1943

    The letter reads:

    “My dearest Aunt,

    Just a few lines to let you know
    your boy, way over here in Africa, hasn't
    forgotten you.

    I know I should write to you
    more often, but under our conditions
    we just don’t have the time. I do
    hope you will write, even if you
    don't hear from me. I still have the
    prayer you sent me and I read it
    often. It is very nice + helpful.
    I must close now leaving you in
    Gods care until we meet again.

    Write often

    Love,
    Donald”

    Donald served with the 531st Engineer Shore Regiment. They participated in the invasion of Africa (Operation Torch) as well as other operations during the war. I’m unsure if Donald survived the war.
    WW2 Era V-Mail Letter written by U.S. Soldier while in Africa, 1943.

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    Great letter. The aunt written him a prayer and Donald saying that he reads it often was an insight to the life of the soldier and the love is an aunt.

    Marty
    Fortune favors the brave 644th td

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    Hi there.

    I had a search for Donald and I think this is him.

    Name: Donald C Howell
    Race: White
    Marital Status: Single, without dependents (Single)
    Rank: Private
    Birth Year: 1921
    Nativity State or Country: Ohio
    Citizenship: Citizen
    Residence: Montgomery, Ohio
    Education: 2 years of high school
    Enlistment Date: 22 December 1941
    Enlistment Place: Fort Thomas Newport, Kentucky
    Service Number: 15087197
    Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
    Component: Army of the United States - includes the following: Voluntary enlistments effective December 8, 1941 and thereafter; One year enlistments of National Guardsman whose State enlistment expires while in the Federal Service; Officers appointed in the Army of
    Source: Civil Life
    Height: 68
    Weight: 113


    Name: Donald C Howell
    Race: White
    Age: 23
    Birth Date: 25 December 1921
    Birth Place: Dayton, Ohio
    Residence Place: Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio
    Registration Date: 7 September 1945
    Registration Place: Dayton, Ohio
    Employer: Discharged
    Height: 5'' 8
    Weight: 113
    Complexion: Ruddy
    Hair Color: Blonde
    Eye Color: Hazel
    Next of Kin: Zelma Howell
    Household Members (Name)
    Zelma Howell (Mother)
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    From the 1950 census, it looks like he was a barber and may have had his own shop, he was married to Dorothy, had a son called Donald and a daughter called Diane.

    Name: Donald C Howell
    Birth Date: 25 December 1921
    Death Date: 11 February 1974 (Springfield, Clark, Ohio, United States)
    Cemetery: Milledgeville Plymouth Cemetery
    Burial or Cremation Place: Milledgeville, Fayette County, Ohio, United States of America

    Donald C Howell (1921-1974) - Find a Grave Memorial.

    Kind regards,

    Will.
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    Thank you for this information!

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