We went to a garage sale this morning Came home & Clayton found 4 old
*** envelopes & letters***
inside of the box of the camping stove he bought.
The envelopes had Navy stamps on them & were dated 1944
The letters were written by a young man in WWII He sent them to the love of his life. She lived in Fernadina, FL. He was assuming she was writing to him but the soldiers weren't receiving any mail. He kept telling her that he was just holding out hope for a letter He wrote a lot about his love for her & what it means to have someone back home waiting for him. His mom was sending him Fernandina News and he hoped to get that soon.
I Googled their names and guess what! It seems that after he returned from the war they were married and they are now buried in the cemetery a few miles from our home. We went out and visited their graves.
After some research here is what we have found out: Turns
out the stove had been donated to the garage sale from someone (the
person that donated it today is a long time family friend of ours) She was given the stove 6yrs ago!A family member happened to see my post on Facebook and we were out in contact with 1 of the 3 daughters of Mel & Lil.
The next day we
met Mrs Janis to return the
letters to the family. She brought pictures of Mel & Lil.
As a homeschooling family this was such an amazing living history experience. We were able to discuss WWII, genealogy, & so much more. I'm so thankful to get to spend this time with my kids.