1944 June 17
Letter from Billie Jewel Colbert in France to his father. Billie Jewel Colbert was the youngest of three sons, all of whom enlisted during World War II. Both of his older brothers, Jack and Ray, returned unharmed from war. Unfortunately, Billie was killed in action just days after writing this last letter to his father during the siege of Normandy. He was awarded a Purple Heart and Silver Star. Our collection contains several letters between Billie and his parents, other letters and official records created in the wake of his death, and photographs.
Somewhere in France June 17
How are you doing by now? I am doing just fine
so far. Just like a mole living in the ground. Dad I always
thought I wanted to travel around and see the world but I
don't. I have seen enough now they can send me home.
Dad I still don't see why Ray took the navy I was walking
waves for two days after I got off boat coming to
France. Dad I never did dig a fox hole in basic training
but I like to dig them here. Boy it sure takes lots of cigarettes
for a guy here. No Dad I just see a few of the boys that I took
basic training with. Dad I am using French paper and a
German pencil now. Well Dad I can't write much now.
Maybe I can tell you more about things before long. It's
about time for chow and I don't want to miss that.
Letter, 8.5" in x 11"
Billie Jewel Colbert
MSNE.0008, Box 2, Folder 22
Billie Jewel Colbert papers, MSNE.0008
Arkansas State Archives
Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives
Final letter from Billie Jewel Colbert to his father, Billie Jewel Colbert papers, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.
United States History
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