Kings Park, N.Y.
Nov. 18, 1918
My dear friend-
I received your letter Saturday evening and I really cannot express in words how shocked and grieved I was to hear of Joe’s death. It seemed to come so suddenly that I can hardly realize it to be true. I feel that there must have been a mistake made and that we will hear that he is still alive. As you say, there is some consolation in knowing that he died a hero and that will help us to bear our sorrows as bravely as he gave his life.
I have always written to Joe regularly and especially since he has been “Over there” and have had a letter, sometimes two or three every week until Sept 14th which was the last I received and in which he enclosed a very pretty little handkerchief.
I sent him a photo of myself Nov. 3rd because he had been asking for one so often and I thought it reach him by Christmas.
If you should learn any details as to Joe’s death, I should deeply appreciate hearing from you.
With sincere sympathy, believe me to be
Very sincerely yours,
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