We Are Going to Be Lucky: A World War II Love Story in Letters

We Are Going to Be Lucky: A World War II Love Story in Letters

by Elizabeth L. Fox

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We Are Going to Be Lucky tells the story of a first-generation Jewish American couple separated by war, captured in their own words. Lenny and Diana Miller were married just one year before America entered World War II. Deeply committed to social justice and bonded by love, both vowed to write to one another daily after Lenny enlisted in 1943. As Lenny made his way through basic training in Mississippi to the beaches of Normandy and eventually to the Battle of the Bulge, Diana struggled financially, giving up her job as a machinist to become a mother. Their contributions to the war effort—Lenny's crucial missions as an Army scout and Diana's work in the Brooklyn Navy Yard—are the backdrop to their daily correspondence, including insightful discussions of democracy, politics, and economic hardship.

Faced with grueling conditions overseas, Lenny managed to preserve every letter his wife sent, mailing them back to her for safekeeping. The couple's extraordinary letters, preserved in their entirety, reveal and reflect the excruciating personal sacrifices endured by both soldiers at war and their young families back home. After decades of gathering dust, their words have been carefully transcribed and thoughtfully edited and annotated by Elizabeth L. Fox, Lenny and Diana's daughter.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438470597
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Series: Excelsior Editions
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 492
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Elizabeth L. Fox has served for more than twenty years in a leadership role on the National Board of Hadassah, where her responsibilities include writing, training, and public speaking. She has a BA in history from the City College of New York and an MA in vocational rehabilitation counseling from New York University. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Preface—From Letters to a Book

Part I. Training

1. Induction
Camp Upton, Long Island, New York, May 7–20, 1943

2. Basic Training: The First Six Months
Camp Shelby, Mississippi, May 21–November 20, 1943

3. Basic Training: The Second Six Months
Camp Shelby, Mississippi, November 21, 1943–June 4, 1944

Part II. Overseas

4. To the Front
On the USS Wakefield, June 5–13, 1944
Camp Barton Stacey, England, June 13–July 7, 1944

5. Somewhere in France, Somewhere in Belgium
Betty Lou and the Breakout from Normandy,
July 9–September 11, 1944

6. Somewhere in Holland, Somewhere in Germany
Mid-September through Mid-December, 1944

7. The Battle of the Bulge
Ardennes, Belgium,
Mid-December, 1944, through January, 1945

Part III. Recovery

8. The Long Road Home
January 25–May 1, 1945

9. The Final Phase: Recovery
May 2, 1945–June 15, 1946

Epilogue—Life after the War, 1946–1994
Appendix—Names that Appear in the Letters
Further Resources
About the Editor

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