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An Ashland soldier writes home at the end of World War Two

Letters from World War II


In 1994, Dick Bodin's family presented to the Wisconsin Historical Society a volume of transcribed and annotated letters written by Dick Bodin to his family in Ashland, Wis., while he was with the Third Army, 95th Division, in Europe during World War II. The six letters digitized here date from 1944 and 1945 and describe the censorship process which prevented him from revealing certain details, living in the home of a German family, fraternizing with German children near the end of the war, and living with civilians in Belgium and Holland after the war. The letters are shown here as they were typed out by his family long after the war. Additional letters (described here) exist in paper form in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives. These documents are made available online through a partnership between the Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Public Television.


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Related Topics: World Wars and Conflicts
The World War II Military and Home Fronts
Creator: Bodin, Dick (Richard B.)
Pub Data: Letters from World War II (selections). Unpublished manuscripts in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives, Call No. SC 2777
Citation: Bodin, Dick (Richard B.). Letters from World War II (selections). Wisconsin Historical Society Archives, Call No. SC 2777. Cite the individual letter by its date, followed by the phrase Online facsimile available at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1630 Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1630; Visited on: 4/24/2014
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