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 hitch the 3rd Marine department on Guam and finally to participate within the conflict for Iwo Jima in February and March of 1945. The accumulated letters in their next 18-month correspondence display a lot approximately wartime lifestyles at domestic and in another country. This correspondence represents a time pill of present occasions as Smith and Petersen talk about Franklin Roosevelt, the United international locations, 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 throughout the bombing of Ploesti, Rumania, in June 1944, introduced Petersen and Smith nearer jointly, and after hundreds and hundreds of letters the "chance for romance" Marian had advised early of their correspondence advanced right into a marriage that has persisted for greater than part a century.
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October 14, 1944 [Chicago] Hello Gene! I was very glad to hear from you again and especially to hear that you are at home. Of course I'd like to see you, and I hope you'll be here more than an hour or two this time. Page 6 I've been planning to spend a weekend in Milwaukee soon and could just as well make it the 21st and 22nd. Then, perhaps, if you have no other plans, we might spend some time together. I think it would be fun. Do you? Are you going back to California now?
Do they look good! What a change in this place from the first night! Am beginning to smile againbig push on today by the 3rdshould secure the island soonshaved for the 2nd time in 13 days todayhad a nice beard. Marines won't forget this place. Indeed, the Marines did not forget Iwo Jima, nor did a grateful country. Yet most of Gene's letters are not about the terrors of combat or good friends lost. He and Marian exchanged views on their expectations of life after the war, on the remarkable number of the same movies each had seen and the same articles in Time each read, and on their shared and earnestly held political views.
Did I ever tell you I had a wonderful time that last night at the Schroeder? Somehow I don't think it was the rum either. I just hope there'll be more like it with you. Regardless of my other faults I am sincere. Till next time, Lots of love, Gene MORE LATER, IN CLASSTHIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF X MY TYPING BUT PLEASE EXCUSE IT. ,SURE WAS SURPRISED THAT THE POEM WAS WRITTEN BY HIM. IT SURE DIDN'T DO THE MARINES JUSTICE BUT THE FAULT REALLY WAS WITH ''YANK" INSOMUCH AS THEY DIDN'T PRINT THE WHOLE THING.