Bagging It

Letters from the past

As the Liberty ship Caleb Strong steamed from Newport News, Va., to Algeria in the spring of 1944, the G.I.s aboard did what soldiers going to war always do: they wrote a lot of letters home. Some of them never got there: to be exact, 235 letters to 117 addresses in 34 states from 93 servicemen. For reasons that may never be known, this batch of V-mail wound up in an attic in Raleigh, N.C., in the house of an aunt of a serviceman. Mixed in with some old socks in an Army duffel bag, they were discovered in June by...

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