MESSAGES FROM HOME – GREETINGS FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY GIVE A GI FOOD FOR THOUGHT

By Sgt. Robert G. Ryan

YANK Staff Correspondent

ALBROOK FIELD, PANAMA CANAL ZONE—A recent mail call brought Sgt. Richard I. Mallon a letter 50 feet long, containing 68 messages.

Mrs. James L. Mallon, the sergeant’s mother, mailed the lengthy correspondence from her home in Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada. Included were greetings from the GI’s Canadian townsfolk and from friends in St. Louis, Mo., and New York.

Mrs. Mallon pieced the messages together in her home and then rolled them up an forwarded them. One part of the message was the work of a neighbor’s child, who conveyed her thoughts in drawings. The editor of the Morrisburg newspaper passed along the town gossip.

But the message that gave Sgt. Mallon the most food for thought came from the town undertaker. He closed his letter this way: “Hope to see you soon.”



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