September 26, 2007 Edition

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Frankly Speaking

John Bland

Letter from WWII soldier to daughter

Barbara Logan Pomeroy of Monticello grew up in Walnut Ridge and died in August of this year. The letter below was written to her by her father, the late Tom Logan of Walnut Ridge, who was stationed in Germany during World War II.

Barbara's husband, Edwin Pomeroy of Monticello, shared the letter with Rev. Everett Isom of First United Methodist Church, where Barbara was a member while growing up. With Mr. Pomeroy's permission, Bro. Isom shared the letter with us.

The letter well reflects the emotions that many men and women in the service have felt, not only in previous foreign wars, but also those now serving in Iraq.


Fulda, Germany
19 June 1945

Dearest Barbara:

Daddy feels so blue today as it is the second birthday of yours that I haven't been with you. I just can't hardly realize that you have been my little girl for 15 years. The last two years have seemed so long, but the ones before now seem awful short.

I hope you have a nice birthday and am so sorry that I was in a position that I couldn't get you a nice present, but I am sure you realize that Daddy's thoughts are always with you and wants you to be happy and have the best of everything in life.

I feel so proud when I remember all of the accomplishments you have already achieved. Being the youngest organist in the state. Bro. Bearden wrote me about it and how proud he was of you. Your grades in school, popularity with your little friends and other acquaintances, your help to Mother since Daddy has been gone all goes to make you everything that a Daddy could want in his child.

Just keep on being the person that you are now and maybe Daddy will be home with you on your next birthday and we will really celebrate to make up for the ones that we have missed.

What are you going to do this summer? I wish you and Mother could take a vacation somewhere that you could get away from everything for awhile and just relax and have a good time. I know this has really been a strenuous year for you and your Mother both with your schoolwork, mother's work, Granddad's sickness has just been more than you should have had to shoulder.

I am hoping that Bruce or Brooke will get a discharge soon and will be able to take some of the responsibility so you all won't have to work so hard. Daddy doesn't expect to get home this year am just hoping to be with you sometime next year and so you will have to carry on as you have in the past and when Daddy does get home we will all relax and he will see that you and mother get some of the pleasures that you have been denied for this past two years.

Everything is in such a mess over here that no one knows just what is going to happen just yet. I don't know whether I will be with this outfit very much longer or not, but maybe it will all work out soon and we can tell more what to expect. I only have 52 points, we were awarded two more campaign ribbons which helped out a lot in counting points but you can see that I am quite a few short yet, but maybe it will all work out for the best yet.

Keep everything going as you have in the past and remember that you will always be the apple of Daddy's eye and I will always be proud of you.

Lots of love and a happy birthday.

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