One of the greatest treasures I own is the short letter I have that was sent to my Mother and my brother from my Father (Richard Enloe “Dick” Love, Jr.) in March of 1945. My Father had not yet seen his son, who had been born several months before - in September of 1944.
Even though I have included a photo of the letter and its envelope, I’m going to translate the writing because it’s not easily readable from the photo. I have no comments to make on this piece of history because I think the words of a Marine engaged in one of the most horrific battles of WWII speak for themselves.
Dearest Eve & Rick: Iwo Jima 16 March
Wondering if you have received any of the letters I’ve written from here. Sure hope you have had some assurance that I am OK
You probably know that this island has been secured officially two or three days past. There is still a good-sized war going on here however.
No dope on when we will get away from here. Makes very little difference where or when we go, since there is no chance that it will be home.
Give my love to everyone there; sorry have had no time to write them. Will do so later.
You and Rick be careful and be happy.
All my love, Dick
@2014 Copyright by Carla Love Maitland