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Letter from Kay Blodgett, concerning the death of George R. Dempsey, 13th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, to his wife Catherine. Kay had also lost her husband. Mrs. Kay Blodgett Box 995 Denton, Texas My dear Cathy, I've been trying to write to you for days, but it's so hard to find words that would adequately express what I feel. Loving a soldier, as we did, who faced death a thousand times, you must have tried, as I did, to prepare yourself, mentally and spiritually, for the worst, and yet, hope being so deeply rooted in the human heart and mind -- I know well how great the shock has been, and is. There is no true compensation for our loss, Cathy, but perhaps we may find a little in the memory of the years we shared with George and Harold -- and the knowledge that both gave their lives bravely and heroically so that you and I --and future generations may live honorably and not in servitude and slavery. It's up to us -- for whom they've fought - to justify their sacrifice -- and meet and face our own private hell with the courage they'd expect of us. How sorry I am that fate couldn't have spared them they had already given so much. But with strong footsteps, hand over hand, they fought right up to the stars. Oh, my dear, there's so much glory in such a going -- there's no room for too great grief. I shall often ask that the Lord may hold your hand and bless you -- so that your heart may heal none too slowly. Lovingly, Kay P.S. I'm inclosing a copy of a letter from Ben Crosby-- written to Capt. McWatters. I know you'll be interested. Copy of Col. Crosby's letter Italy July 8, 1944 Dear Mac, I have some bad news for you. George and "Pappy" both have been killed. They poth were killed in the same way and didn't suffer, died instantly. Each was killed by HE [High Explosive] Tree burst (Cathy, Art Ralph wrote Mortar Shell) and both had serious head wounds. George was in his vehicle and "Pappy standing by a house.
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