Turn Your War Letters into a Book
by Emerian Rich
When my husband and I first moved in together, I knew nothing about military life. I didn’t have any close relatives in the service, and being a peace loving gal, I wasn’t into war or the history of it.
I was, however, interested in hand-written history such as journals and letters. When I found stacks of yellowed letters in one of his boxes, I was instantly intrigued. His grandfather had written the letters to my husband’s grandmother during the three years he had been in World War II. I asked if I could read them and was instantly transported into a piece of history I had never experienced before.
Luckily, their relationship had started before the US entered the war, so I got to see the war erupt from their point of view. Unfortunately, he died in France in 1944, never meeting his daughter or my husband, his grandson. Through Henry’s letters, however, we are able to know him. He shared his hopes for the future, worries about the war, and intimate details about army life that only one in the trenches could convey properly.
In this article, I will tell you how to collect, transcribe, and format your letters for publication.… Continue reading the Winter 2018 issue of SEARCH Magazine.