"Dear John"

Almost as feared as the enemy bullet was the "Dear John" letter. They were almost always the same story. A guy’s girl simply got tired of waiting for him and found someone else. Mail call was often referred to as the "Dear John" roundup. I always wondered if the people back home who wrote them had any idea how psychological devastating they were. I took this photo of a buddy the night he got one. It was written on a roll of toilet paper from his wife. It was the longest one we had ever seen. Why she had to be so mean and hurtful I can’t say. I guess she thought it would break his heart, make him cry. Well it did.... more

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