Rifleman J.W. Huff writes mother night before the invasion
Rifleman Huff writes asking Mother to carry on regardless of what happens and expresses the feeling that brighter days are ahead.
Mrs. M. Billings of 189 Wm. St. N. called at the Post on Wednesday with a letter she received from her son, a rifleman in the Canadian Army, written the night before the invasion started. Enclosed in the envelope was a pamphlet issued by Gen Eisenhower on the eve of D-Day in which he addresses Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force.
In his opening remarks the General referred to the invasion as the “Great Crusade” and later spoke of his full confidence in the courage of the men who were to storm the beaches and engage the enemy in mortal struggle.
Rflmn. Huff is a splendid example of the courageous men referred to and the following letter written by him to his mother portrays the gallant manner in which he and his fellow soldiers faced the future.
C. 65134 Rfmn. Huff J.W.
S. Coy. 1 Br. Q.O.R. of Canada
Monday, June 5, 1944.
Well here I am dropping a few short lines and hope you are all well at home and that you will continue to carry on regardless of what might happen. However I think brighter days are ahead of us so remember this and keep on praying.
I am enclosing a short script but you will know a good deal more before you will receive this.
Well mother I am keeping fine and trust the Lord will grant your wishes and that we are all spared to come back to those we love once more. I hope to be able to tell you some interesting things.
Well mother I’ll sign off now and hope I receive mail from you soon.With Love,
Your Son, Wess.