A happy holiday message from a Delaware soldier in Vietnam

December 22, 2020

During the Vietnam war, Delaware Morning News journalist Nancy Lynch encouraged soldiers serving there to send her letters detailing their experiences. The Morning News, which eventually merged with the Evening Journal to become the News Journal, published many of the letters in a collection called Vietnam Mailbag.

This postcard was from a soldier named Bill who wrote that he had written a longer letter but hadn’t yet mailed it. The back side of the card finishes the question posed by Lucy on this front side of the card. It says: “You should have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!” We couldn’t agree more with Lucy’s professional advice.


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