When I wrote a few days ago about my research into the Purple Heart, I mentioned that I’d come across a resource/museum located in upstate New York called the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. Babe was not among the “Mauros” listed on the site, so I looked at what it would take to add him […]
An earlier letter from Babe references a movie he hadn’t seen — but perhaps his parents have. Your Friendly Blogger stumbled on The New York Times’ review of the picture “My Pal, Wolf,” and it’s definitely worth a look.
I have transcribed the 46 letters Babe wrote in 1944 to his parents or to his brother. It’s noteworthy because there were fewer letters in more time — a complete year, versus the 11 months in 1943. As usual, all of the letters include a link to a PDF so you can see a scanned version of the original.
I thought it might be a nice time to step back and take a look at some of the people we’ve met in the course of telling Babe’s story. Here’s a link back to my early post introducing the characters in the beginning.
I was reminded about the picture my son took on Interstate 44 of the “Purple Heart Trail” signs in Missouri, now that we’ve gotten to Babe’s letters in which he describes being wounded and subsequently receiving his Purple Heart. Putting together the pieces that I’ve gathered over the years continues to help explain more about how Babe met his end in May 1945.
I may know a little more about the circumstances of Babe’s death. Nearly 19 years ago, I first wrote about Babe. I wrote then that I knew the cause of Babe’s death. I knew it from a handful of official documents recovered from my grandmother’s collection, and from the few additional documents I could get […]
The last letter I transcribed is one of those that includes a certain poignancy, knowing that he’s not going to make it out of the war. There are several like this, in which he makes reference to plans, ambitions or conversations he intends to have after the war. “It isn’t a long time,” he says […]