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Subject: War Letters Date: 5/2/2003 5:35 AM
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Knight's comment about sharing letters from his brother and wanting to see them published jogged my memory about an organization out there called the Legacy Project. (http://www.warletters.com) dedicated to the preservation of war correspondence.


From their website:
Tucked away in attics, closets, and basements throughout this country are millions of letters written by men and women who have served in the armed forces. Their letters are irreplaceable documents that provide future generations with insight into what life was like—both on the front lines and the homefront—during times of war.

Many of these letters are historically significant, offering eyewitness accounts of famous battles or encounters with prominent military leaders. But even the more personal correspondence, especially love letters written wartime, humanize the men and women in uniform and remind us of the individual sacrifices they have made.

Tragically, many of these war letters are being thrown away, lost, or irreperably damaged. Safeguarding these letters is not difficult, and it is an excellent way to learn about your family's—and this nation's—heritage.

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The Legacy Project is looking for correspondence written by soldiers, Marines, airmen, and sailors who have served (or are serving) in any of America's armed conflicts. We are making a special appeal now for letters and e-mails being written home by members of the U.S. military in the Middle East, Korea, and Afghanistan, as well as personnel participating in "Operation Enduring Freedom." This includes American troops on forward deployed U.S. warships.

The correspondence can be any personal letter or e-mail on any subject, including expressions of love, patriotism, homesickness, determination, and encouragement, and they can be messages to spouses, friends, relatives, children, colleagues, or parents. In short, we are looking for any e-mail or letter that will help people on the homefront better understand the thoughts and experiences of our armed forces currently stationed abroad (or who have been overseas).

Photocopies or typed transcripts (no originals, please) of letters or e-mails can be sent to:

The Legacy Project
PO Box 53250
Washington, DC 20009

E-mails can be forwarded directly to: warletterproject@aol.com.

(Please make sure to include your contact information, including address and phone number.)

We will NOT use anything without permission from the person who wrote the correspondence, and we will, if the sender so requests, edit out any comments or information (including the servicemember's name) that the servicemember does not want shared.

Numerous U.S. servicemembers in Afghanistan, the Middle East, and surrounding areas have already generously shared some of their personal correspondence with us, but we hope to receive more of these extraordinary letters and e-mails. Please forward this appeal to as many people as possible. We would also appreciate suggestions on servicemembers, internet resources, or institutions we could contact that would be able to help us with this appeal. All suggestions (and any questions) can be forwarded to us directly at warletterproject@aol.com.

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