Magazine article America in WWII

The Soldier Pen Pal She Never Met

Magazine article America in WWII

The Soldier Pen Pal She Never Met

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IN 1942 IN A SMALL TOWN in Indiana, we, being a bunch of girls, wanted to get into the war effort. About the only thing we could think of at 17 years old was to maybe write letters to boys in the service who may not get very much mail. Contacting Fort Benning, Georgia, we got a large list from the chaplain there.

When the name list arrived at our school, I chose the name of Joseph Sigler, who had been training at Fort Benning. We did start corresponding in April 1942. After graduating in 1943, I married my childhood sweetheart, who was also in the army. Even so, Joseph--after thinking twice about writing to a married woman--decided to continue, and this we did until the last letter on October 1945, as he was waiting for transport back to the States.

We had never met and so said good-bye and good luck.

I had saved many of his letters, and when my husband passed away, I reread them and they were so good I decided I could not throw them away. …

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