This amazing piece of history was submitted recently and I’d like to share it. It is a letter postmarked February 26, 1945. It is from Purple Heart recipient Pfc. Robert D. Liming of the US Marine Corps as he served in Iwo Jima. Here’s what he wrote:
Dear Mother and All:
I’ll drop a line this morning as we have a little time.
I’m on Iwo Jima Island and so far O.K. Mother I don’t want you to worry but the going is pretty rough. Guam was nothing to compare with this rock. We have to fight for every inch.
I’ll write a long letter later but right now we haven’t time. Albert is here also but I’ve never got to see him. I only pray he’s well.
I’m pretty nervous but other than that fine in every way. The Japs are throwing lots of rockets, mortars and artillery at us. They are sure dug in good.
Well Mother there’s not much more to say. I’ll get to see Albert later on I suppose.
Tell them all hello for me and don’t worry. I’ll write again as soon as possible.
With all my love
Pfc. Robt. D. Liming USMC
I have another letter he wrote home talking more in depth about how it felt to be in the middle of bombing during WWII. Sadly, I also have a Western Union telegram stating that Pfc. Robert D. Liming was killed in action on March 4, 1945, just days after he wrote this letter home.