Letters, Mar. 4, 1946

Man's Estate

Sirs:

To the parents of Lieutenant Ben Toland [TIME, Feb. 11], whose death on Iwo Jima seems a heartbreaking waste of fine human material, I would like to say this: their son may have accomplished more for his country, and for the good life, in the simple will which that death has made public, than might have been achieved in a lifetime of service.

No one can read these hasty sentences without a pang, a momentary searching of his own heart. . . . Lieutenant Toland left more than a $3,000 estate. He...

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