Pvt. E. P. Cowley 42025054
Fifth Training Regiment, A.S.T.P.
Fort Benning, Georgia
Mr. E.P. Cowley
35 Woodside Avenue
Postmarked November 19, 1943
Mother just told me the news about Ann. It was a terrible shock to me and I know it must have hit the entire family pretty hard. In her letter mother said it was really the best and most merciful thing that could have happened and saved Ann unbearable suffering and pain. You’l take it well dad, I know you will. Don’t let your health go again. You owe it to mother and Peggy and your soldier boy son. We’re all counting on you and someday soon I want to return to the happiest home in the world, which I was forced to leave behind me.
Grandma worries me, I hope everything will be arranged among the Cowleys so that she will always be as well provided for as she always have has been. Dad, I’m a man now and I’m beginning to think and want very much to act as a man would. Man to man you’ll keep the home fires burning for us like you have for many years now won’t you. Take the best care of yourself and I know you’ll make everything as easy as you can for your mother. I wish there was more I could do to help things at home but when I come back we’ll know our home will be the safest and the very best there is. If there is anything I can do at anytime to make Grandma feel better just let me know and I’ll be honored to be able to help.