Letter from Elizabeth Nelson to her husband, Manning, April 30, 1945


Letter from Elizabeth Nelson to her husband, Manning, April 30, 1945


Elizabeth wrote this letter to her husband, Manning, while he was stationed in the Pacific. These letters reached Manning after he had been killed and hence, were returned to Elizabeth. They were still sealed and unopened when they arrived at The Citadel Archives.


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Richland (S. C.)


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May 1, April 30, 1945

Dearest “Boobie”,

Please excuse the mess that I made at the time top, but I suppose I’m trying to rush up the time or make the days fly by in a hurry. Who can blame me though? I want you to hurry home to me and Mother and Dad.

Know that you’ll be surprised to find that I’m spending the night with them. Had my night off for the week and wanted to see them so I just took a notion to come down and got the bus. Don’t like to go places when I feel so sleepy and groggy all the time. That’s the way night duty makes me feel especially when I haven’t had much sleep on my day off. But I feel perfectly at home here anymore. Mother and Dad are so sweet. They’re just wonderful.

I felt sorry for Dad because he had to go back to the hospital tonight.

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Has a child with a possible ruptured appendix. Certainly hope it hasn’t. He also has 2 O.B’s, but Mother Nelson said that they had been able to sleep pretty well for the last few days. We went to see Grandmother Boles this afternoon. She’s fine. Saw ”‘Mrs Blanche” this afternoon but didn’t get to talk to her. Now, Mother Nelson and I have just been sitting around the fire and talking about you and what we’ll do when you get home. It’s rather cool tonight. Had some rain this morning and even had to sleep under a blanket. Don’t suppose you have to use a blanket where you are.

We haven’t had any mail yet, but we’re all very anxious to hear from you soon. The sooner the better.

Take care of yourself for us. We love you so much.

All my love,

P.S. Mother Nelson sends you a great big hug.

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[See original document for envelope.]


Nelson, Elizabeth, “Letter from Elizabeth Nelson to her husband, Manning, April 30, 1945,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed July 18, 2024, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1538.