May 4, 1944 in Lafayette,
Our dear son,
These words are written by your worried parents. Please, honey, answer this letter as soon as you’ll receive these words. How are you? We have just heard what happened in England “Slapton Sands”, the surprised attack of German against American and British soldiers during training. We just know that there will be nearly 950 deads! Lord, I hope you aren’t one of them! I don’t know what makes us stand so we are grief-stricken… I beg you my son: say you’re okay!
Our neighbors have a pennant with a star on it hanged on their front door, you understand: they just lost their older son Jack. We are sorry to write it in a letter but we thought you would like to know, we know he was a friend and you played a lot together when you were kids. He fell in the Pacific few weeks ago, may his soul rest in peace…
Lord, may we never have to hang such a flag in front our house!
We embrace you strong darling,
Awaiting your news,
Dad and mom