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Letter written by George R. Dempsey to his wife Catherine and left with his personal effects in Northern Ireland. It was found after his death, as he intended. Bally Killner (10 miles S.East of Downpatrick on Dundrum Bay.) Oct. 6, 1942 We've got orders to lock up our footlockers & get ready to move in a few days. I don't know if you'll ever see this or not. The footlocker will be stored at Crossgow, N. Ireland, for the duration while the 1st Armored Division fights. We think we're going to the desert. Anyhow, by the time you get this you'll have read, years before, what happened to us. My chances of living through this are practically nil. However, I want you to know that I'm not afraid of anything; I'll get the usual shakes that everyone endures but its a far better way to die than in an auto accident, drunk, on the Neenah road - as might have happened any number of times. More than anything, I desperately want to live through, get back, and live our life together. But it may not be planned that way for us. We've had the best of luck & the finest treatment ever experienced from doting parents. And we can always know that our love was as deep as any experienced by anyone. That brings up one more thing - your marrying again. PLEASE do. Its the only way you'll ever get over your grief. Any man in the world would thank God eternally if you gave him half as the attention you've given me. I know he'll never completely own you; so will he know it. But that's beside the point. He'll understand, whoever he is. There's never been anyone but you for me, darling. never will there be. Wherever I am, I'm waiting for you. And from the bottom of my soul I'm loving you. I'll see you soon honey, Your husband forever George. This hasn't been the way I wanted to express it but words always were inadequate with us weren't they? Now I need a drink.
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