Here is the box and some of the contents including a newspaper article that accompanied the photo I have shared here on the blog, my dad's obituary and letters that dad had on him or in his personal effects when he died.
I thought I would share a letter from my siblings to dad first. You can see it on the bottom of the photo written in red marker.
Here is the letter. My mom put together notes and things that the children had made.
Cathy was 5, Liz and David 4, John 3, and Pete 2.
Aside from annotating things that it seems the kids told her, mom added nothing else.
This is from David.
From John, and it seems Pete did not make anything for this letter. It is dated March 21, 1967 and was 18 days before he was killed. I think perhaps he may have received it about the time he died. Kind of a precious sweet thing to do for a daddy of five(soon six), to have little notes and letters from his wee ones. As the farm blog is a journal of my life, I am going to be sharing more from the box as the days go by. A letter my mother wrote was read in Congress and I have the Congressional record with the letter in this box.
This box is filled with items I have never seen including some photos of Dad. I am so amazed by what I am learning about my mother as she lived through the days before, during, and after dad's death. I think a better word is humbled. I hope in the following days as I share the contents of the box, I can reveal to the blogity world this woman. She was truly a strong woman and of course I will share my dad and this time it will be from the words of those around him, including his commander, peers, and such.