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WW2 Letter Written by SSGT. Walter Raymond Shipp a few months before he was killed in action

Article about: Walter Raymond Shipp was from Ohio. He served in the US Army and was with Company E, 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division. Walter wrote this letter on September 10th 1944. It read

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    Default WW2 Letter Written by SSGT. Walter Raymond Shipp a few months before he was killed in action

    Walter Raymond Shipp was from Ohio. He served in the US Army and was with Company E, 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division.

    Walter wrote this letter on September 10th 1944. It reads :
    WW2 Letter Written by SSGT. Walter Raymond Shipp a few months before he was killed in action
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    “Sept 10, 1944 Dear Hazel, Received couple of letters from you Saturday, so thought this would be a good time to answer them. I am still safe and well, hope you folks are the same. Herb I suppose is home by now. I bet he is giving some tall tales, but I have my opinion of him, and nothing will change it. I used to think he was allright, so did all the other fellows, they feel the same way as I do about by the papers [?] the only one that has do anything since been overseas. Glad to hear they are making an airport at Renton, but I don't care anything for flying anymore, suppose they are making it at the Cedar Lawn Dairy. I don't think I will ever change my mind about the women back home. Ive heard of to many things they have done since we been overseas.”

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    WW2 Letter Written by SSGT. Walter Raymond Shipp a few months before he was killed in action
    “Just as long as I hear from you, I'll be allright. Your the only girl I will ever care for back home. Haven't heard from Clair for some, but Danny his boy did write me couple of weeks ago. Glad to hear Clyde Beltz is getting along O.K., suppose he will be getting another furlough some of these days. Im beginning to think I will just stay in the Army. I won't know how to do anything but the Army, and besides the women will have all of the jobs, maybe I have been in these jungles to long. Guess I have better close for now, will write more next week. I am still keeping my faith, but it is getting harder every day to do so. Write when ever you can. Love, Raymond”

    About 5 months after writing this letter, Walter was killed in action on February 17th 1945 during the battle of Manila in the Philippines against the Japanese. He was killed during the liberation of the Philippine General Hospital that day.

    This is a report from that day:
    WW2 Letter Written by SSGT. Walter Raymond Shipp a few months before he was killed in action
    This is a photo of the telegram informing his KIA status.
    WW2 Letter Written by SSGT. Walter Raymond Shipp a few months before he was killed in action
    WW2 Letter Written by SSGT. Walter Raymond Shipp a few months before he was killed in action
    WW2 Letter Written by SSGT. Walter Raymond Shipp a few months before he was killed in action
    WW2 Letter Written by SSGT. Walter Raymond Shipp a few months before he was killed in action

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    Very interesting letters. It sounds like the time he spent in the Pacific really affected how he viewed his past and future in the small town Midwest. Thanks for sharing

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