The War Letters of Henry C. Brewer
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Henry C. Brewer is my grandfather-in-law, but I never met him. Neither did my husband or his mother. We only know him through this book of letters and what we’ve been able to glean from public record.
Henry Carroll Brewer, was born in 1918 in Simpson, Louisiana. Henry was a Sgt. in the 30th Infantry for the USA in WWII and died in 1944 in France fighting for his country. Henry fell in love with an Oakland girl, Madeline Aguiar, about 1940. These letters not only tell of their love affair, but of the life he wanted to have with her that was unfortunately cut short due to war.
~An excerpt from a letter just after he was told they were going overseas to war.~
January 19, 1942
I will write although I haven’t got any letter but I can always write the one I love. I know it’s hard for you to pass away these lonely Sundays. God only knows how much I would like to see you.
Madeline, gosh, they are killing themselves around here. Two soldiers killed themselves last night. Too bad. I may be crazy, but Darling, you need not worry about that. Long as you are waiting for me, Darling. If only I could hold you in my arms. Little Bit, kiss me. If I could only see your hair when it’s combed out.
Just think, Madeline, our little curly-headed boy. Darling, life wouldn’t be worth living without you. I go to sleep
praying that we can be together. Darling, they say by the last of this month we can get off. So be ready because I’m sending after you.
Love always, Mannie
PS. I will send for you so don’t worry and be sweet as ever and keep your chin up for me, will you, Darling?
Experience Henry and Madeline’s lives through their letters in The War Letters of Henry C. Brewer. Book includes letters, postcards, and other correspondence from 1941-1944, a timeline for easy reference, pictures, and hand-drawn maps.