Lyle Young wrote to his dearest Marguerite:
"We did not choose this war. We accept it and put every effort into it because without it we would lose the life that every man wants. The men know what they are fighting for.They are fighting and toiling for the purposes they know are right. The purposes vary with each man, but they basically all add up to the right to live, worship, and work in peace. Each man has constant dreams of home, his loved ones, the neat little house, the neighbors and his church. He now realizes that those are the most important things in life and without them there is nothing. Through sweat and blood the vision of an honest world grows brighter."
Letters were their only contact for the thirty months Lyle served in the Army Air Corps in World War II. Decades later, as Marguerite reread the letters, they rekindled vivid memories and made her realize what she held in her hands was history.a personal history shared by many who lived through that difficult time. Dearest Marguerite is a poignant account of the sacrifice and patriotism experienced by countless soldiers and their families.
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One doesn't often get a glimpse into someone else's life story so this book is a real treat. And it makes one wonder if one's own marriage could withstand a 30 month separation without growing so far apart that no relationship is possible. Happily, this story has a happy ending or, rather, I should say a happy continuing! This book is also valuable to help us understand the magnitude of service that so many men and women offered during World War II. It certainly makes me wish I had asked my own father more questions. Since that is not possible, I am glad to have the opportunity to read this story.
Dearest Marguerite, February 6, 2008 Marie (Longmont, Colorado) - See all my reviews What an amazing story these letters reveal. This is history at a very personal level-- a story of love and hope amid the hardships of World War II. We see the difficult times the soldiers endured--from 130o temperatures to insects, rats, mud, lack of supplies, and so much more. But we also see their ingenuity in making the best of the situations they were in. They believed in their cause, and the people back home believed in them. During these trying times, they anxiously awaited every letter from home--their only contact with normal life, and the families they left behind. These touching letters give us a glimpse into the thoughts and hopes of these two newly-weds, but also so much about what they and thousands of other soldiers endured during their long separation. Dearest Marguerite: Letters from a Soldier To the Wife He Left Behind