Leslie Beth's Letter to my Father

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Leslie Beth was my Aunt Lillian's first husband. He wrote this letter and sent his presidential citation award to my father sometime late in WWII, probably 1944/1945.

Dear Eddie:

There have been so many things I've wanted to say to you since you have been ill and could never say them, so I have decided that the best way is to write the things to you that I wanted to say.

The main thing I want to bring out, is the manner in which you are taking your illness and to tell you how very proud I am of you.

Eddie, I have seen a lot of men get medals for things they did not deserve and some get them for courage etc. but I have always been a great admirer of anyone with courage and always shall. So Ed, I feel that the courage you are showing has greatly surpassed the courage shown by alot of men that I have known that I want to express myself in my own way. I would like you to accept the enclosed Ribbon which was given to me by the "Secretary of the Navy" Frank Knox - in behalf of the president of the United States.

This is the Presidential Citation, and I want you to be proud and continue your display of courage. I know you won't let me down.

Get well fast.


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