WWII letter home: 1944
Son's Letter Tells Mother Not to Mourn Tewksbury, Mass. (AP) Marine Sergeant Paul Houlihan told Sis mother not to grieve for him in a letter forwarded to her following his death on a South Pacific battlefield. The letter reached Mrs. Jeremiah Houlihan this week. "My death would not mean that your struggle has been in vain," he wrote. "Far from it. It means that your sacrifice is as great as mine. "There is more work for you to do," he told his mother. "The home front will still have to stand united for years after the war is won. "Hope on for a month," he urged her. "But at the end of that time you must accept the fact that I have sacrificed myself for what we know is right as so many splendid fellows have done. "Though it will be difficult for you. you will disappoint me if you do not at least try to accept this fact for I shall have done my duty to the utmost of my ability. "No one can do more and no one calling himself a man could do less. "You must not grieve for me," he wrote. "I have no fear of death. I would have it no other way. We are sent to this world to acquire a personality and a character to take with us thc.t can never be taken from us."