Letter from Elizabeth Nelson to her husband, Manning, May 1, 1945


Letter from Elizabeth Nelson to her husband, Manning, May 1, 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, 1945

My Darling,

Well, Here I am back at work again. Can’t help it but always seem to have such a let-down feeling when I come back. Dad brought me back to Columba this afternoon. He’s so sweet and he said that he and Dr. Adcock were already planning ways for me to get off when you get back to the States. Now don’t you think that’s nice of them and Mother Nelson is just wonderful. I just can’t tell you how much I enjoy being there and being with them - if only you were with us too. You’re always the topic of our conversation and I like that. Can’t think of a better subject to talk about. If I don’t stop all this you’ll be getting the “Swell-Head”, but then I don’t really mean that.

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We didn’t get a letter from you again today and were disappointed again. It’s really tough when we don’t hear, but as Mother Nelson said we’ll try to grin and bear it. I want to be a good soldier and keep my chin up the way you said. It’s funny the way I can remember so many little things that you used to tell me. I have plenty of time to think walking these long halls at night when I am all alone. Miss you so much.

It’ll be a happy day for us when this war is over and our loved ones can come home again. Hope that it won’t be much longer before you can come home. Do you know that you’ve been gone almost 19 mo.? (That’s a foolish question because I know you do) I think that’s long enough. Wish Uncle Sam would agree with me. Take care of yourself for me. I love you with all my heart.

All my love,

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[See original document for envelope.]


Nelson, Elizabeth, “Letter from Elizabeth Nelson to her husband, Manning, May 1, 1945,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed July 18, 2024, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1539.