Letters from Walter: A Personal Look at World War II Through the Eyes of a Young Soldierby Doug Eaton
For those military members stationed overseas, one of the best and most
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Over 16 million people served in the United States armed services during World War II, often called the bloodiest conflict in history. One aspect that participants in this battle all had in common – they were all members of America’s “Greatest Generation.”
For those military members stationed overseas, one of the best and most anticipated parts of the typical day in the life of a serviceman was “mail call.” When the platoon commander or other appointed leader would pass out letters from home, it was truly a treat. That small occasional connection to home life was what kept many servicemen going on a daily basis. Some servicemen would reciprocate and write home whenever possible and it would be safe to say that the men and women at home prized these bits of information from their loved ones at war as much as the soldiers valued receiving news from home.
Now almost 70 years later, one family came across several letters – quite by accident – written by a young 20 year old soldier who was a son, a father, and brother to many appreciative folks back home. In “Letters from Walter”, the young soldier describes what life is like in the military, relates with astonishment and joy the sights he experiences, shares his fears and frustration of being “forgotten” once the war is over, and the anxiety of returning home to his newlywed wife and the young daughter he has not seen for almost two years. But perhaps most interestingly, this young soldier relates in one letter how he has come to understand that the war in Europe has ended actually before the armistice is formally and officially announced.
This is the story of Army Master Sergeant Lorin Walter Hawes of rural Southwest Missouri and how his letters written from the hinterlands of World War II have endured through all these years.
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Doug Eaton was born in Kansas and grew up working on the family farm in Southeast Kansas. He graduated from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, with a degree in Accounting. After college, he moved to Tulsa, became a CPA and worked for several energy companies. While working full-time, he attended law school at the University of Tulsa at night and received a law degree. He developed friendships with several veterans and became involved with the Oklahoma Honor Flights organization. His deep respect for American military veterans fueled the desire to write this book as a token of recognition for the service and sacrifice our veterans endured in order that we may enjoy all of our freedoms. He lives in Tulsa with his wife Jan, a teacher with Jenks Schools. His son, Kurt, is an attorney in Tulsa and his daughter, Kristi, is a journalist with the Associated Press.
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Do you know someone who loves World War II history? Then this book is for them. Do you know a young person who says he doesn't care anything about history, maybe doesn't even like to read? Then this book is for him. "Letters from Walter" tells how life was in the 1940s through the sweet letters a young soldier named Walter Hawes wrote to his favorite aunt and uncle. The letters are from 1943 to 1946. August 12, 1945, Walter writes how he discovered the War was over. "Sure a great day!" he said. This book is only 150 pages with easy-to-read type. The net proceeds from the sale of "Letters from Walter" will be contributed to the Oklahoma Honor Flight Program. The OHFP assists Oklahoma military veterans the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. (at no expense to them) to visit the memorials in honor of their service and sacrifice.