The Paul A. Carpenter Letters consists of incoming correspondence and Vmail from family and friends. The letters date from 1942-1945, with the bulk written in 1945. Much of the content discusses the home front: the change of seasons, canning berries and peas, poetry, movies, and new novels such as “Forever Amber”. Paul Carpenter’s parents, J.E. and Albina Carpenter, sent local newspaper clippings with their letters, sharing news of other Kenton, Ohio soldiers and sailors and announcements of marriages, births, and deaths. Paul received letters from several fellow servicemen who describe their experiences (Royal Fosdick, Leonard Cabana, Hubert Russell, Frank Arnett, and Paul's brother James Saylor Carpenter.) Various writers comment on V-E Day and express hopes for the capitulation of Japan.
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Paul A. Carpenter was a sailor in the U.S. Navy during WWII with the rank of Yeoman 3rd Class (Y3c). He was stationed in Great Lakes, Illinois, Norfolk, Virginia, Plymouth, England, and later Arlington, Virginia. His home residence was Kenton, Ohio.