|U.S. Marines Captain Paul S. O'Neal (USMC) and Captain Milton F.
Thompson plant the American flag on |
Guam just after the Marines and Army assault troops landed. (Photo credit: U.S. Army Archives)
Received all of your letters and most welcomed them but after I left Hawaii I couldn't write. You see dear we were on the high seas bound for combat then came the day of Invasion and we landed on Guam.
This was combat for my first time and I've seen so much of hell and blood, I thought of constant survival, and the Good Lord was kind to me, I was left safe and sound without even a scratch. Now the Island is secure and its all over (this campaign is anyway).
Here we are now in encampment resting up now and we certainly need it. And I intend to write to now as after as before.
Well May - now you can say that your brother Arthur has been in combat. When I come home someday I hope to anyway, I'll have lots to tell you. Mom writes me and tells me she is worried because she hasn't heard from me in a month, so you see, I couldn't write to anyone.
I miss you all terribly much. Honest I do. Give Bill my best also Joan.