World War: Reuben James to Davy Jones

Gunner's Mate Walter Sorensen of the Reuben James sat down and scrawled what was perhaps to be his last letter:

"Dear Sis," he wrote, "... I think we will make another trip to Iceland before we go to the Navy Yards. I sure hope I can come home on leave even if it is only for a few days. . . . We sure don't get much time in any more. . . . We are here only until Thursday morning and then back to Portland. From there I don't know. . . ."

From there...

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