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 la to Chicago. After a quick acquaintance, he left the USA to affix the 3rd Marine department on Guam and at last to participate within the conflict for Iwo Jima in February and March of 1945. The accrued letters in their next 18-month correspondence demonstrate a lot approximately wartime lifestyles at domestic and in a foreign country. This correspondence represents a time tablet of present occasions as Smith and Petersen speak about Franklin Roosevelt, the United countries, internationalism, renowned 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 1000s of letters the "chance for romance" Marian had steered early of their correspondence advanced right into a marriage that has continued for greater than part a century.
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Couldn't cat. Couldn't sleep. About four in the morning I felt Page 15 so awful that I called and cancelled the reservation. It sounds insane, doesn't it? I still don't know what made me do it really, except that it must have been an extreme aversion to allowing myself to become involved in the mental obligations entailed in accepting such generosity. My God, I'd have to work for Reliable the rest of my life to make up for it! Anyway, about eight o'clock, your special delivery letter came saying you might be gone Sat.
Title : A Chance for Love : The World War II Letters of Marian Elizabeth Smith and Lt. Eugene T. ; Petersen, Eugene T. --Marine Corps--Biography, Soldiers--United States--Biography. --Marine Corps--Biography, Soldiers--United States--Biography. Page i A Chance for Love Page ii Gene and Marian shortly after his return in 1945. Page iii A Chance for Love The World War II Letters of Marian Elizabeth Smith and Lt. Eugene T. Petersen, USMCR Edited by Eugene T. Petersen Michigan State University Press East Lansing Page iv Copyright© 1998 Eugene T.
9, 1944 [Chicago] Gene Darling, I don't know what to sayI can't tell you how disappointed I am. All those wonderful plans! But of course I know it's what we have to expect. I wanted so much to hoard lots of memories so that while you were gone I could remember and be sure that it isn't only in my imagination that you're so dear to me. Since you were here this last time, it seems that every time I think of you I like you better. But the longer you are gone (especially when you write only once in three weeks), the more it seems that that's an odd thing to say to someone you've known no longer than 65 hours.
A chance for love: the World War II letters of Marian Elizabeth Smith and Lt. Eugene T. Petersen, USMCR by Marian Elizabeth Smith, Eugene T. Petersen