Treasures from the Attic

My Father's Letters, 1944-1945, from the States and aboard ship in the Pacific

by Charles Welsh

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Treasures from the Attic

My Father's Letters, 1944-1945, from the States and aboard ship in the Pacific

by Charles Welsh

Published Nov 03, 2010
524 Pages
Genre: HISTORY / Military / World War II



 

Book Details

MY FATHER’S “TREASURED” LETTERS

My father, Charles A. (Chuck) Welsh, is the sailor who penned the 400-plus letters summarized in the book. He was 32 years old and married with three children when he enlisted in the Navy in early 1944. A correspondent with the Associated Press and an accomplished journalist, he wrote home almost every day. The letters run the gamut from love letters to travelogues to battle descriptions. They relate the story of a sailor during war time - an ordinary seaman who's a husband and a father. They depict the struggle of an older man in a young man's war. They tell about life aboard ship - the routine, the monotony, the relationships with fellow sailors, the frightening storms, the rigors of battle and fear. They portray happenings on the home front when responding to my mother's letters. "Treasures from the Attic" showcases Dad's journalistic talent when he writes about his love of family, boot camp, a cross-country train trip, a typhoon, a battle, the atomic bomb, V-J Day or just a day in the life of an ordinary seaman.

 

Book Excerpt

"Four fighters were attacking a gun placement," he writes one day in Okinawa. "Four went in and only three came out. It seemed to all of us that we had lost a friend, that pilot who never came out."

 

About the Author

Charles Welsh

Charles A. (Bucky) Welsh, the editor of the letters, resides in Stuarts Draft, Virginia and is married with seven grown children. He is a retired Human Resources Manager and has a BA degree from Penn State University and an MBA from James Madison University. The picture of his father on the right was taken on his 92nd birthday.