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Record 454/959
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Letter to George R. Dempsey, 13th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, from his father, Edward Dempsey in Oshkosh, WI. [Circa 1942] Dear George, Of course your going disturbs mother and it is more disturbing to Cathy, but I know that both of them will be very brave about [it]. I am glad that you got married. For both of you it was the right thing. You have had a big honeymoon that nothing can now take away from either of you. I know that you have no illusions as to what you are facing, neither have I. However, neither of us would hear of it otherwise under the circumstances. I think we both saw the inevitable outcome from the beginning. I am sure that you will conduct yourself with credit in every situation that war confronts you. Periodically, everything in the whole world that is worth while depends upon the fighting spirit of our combat forces. About all we can do is equip them and pray for them. We may fail in both efforts, but I don't think so. You know well it is not in the Dempsey tradition to write sentimental letters. Every Dempsey I have known would starve if he had to make a living as a hired mourner at funerals and wakes. You know that I love you, that I am proud of you and that I'll give you the benefit of a sinner's prayer wherever you are. Father
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