Johnnie Newton letters
A recurrent subject was his difficulty to communicate with his brother Samuel:"Mother I guess you have heard from Samuel lately as you did not say. I don't see why he never get my letters I haven't heard from him yet I am writing him again tonight" (Feb 1945).
There are only a couple of letters written by Samuel Newton to his parents. He also complained about lack of pay, as well as the cold weather in Wyoming: "They keep me out here freezing and won't pay me". While there is no clear statement that authors were African Americans, the archive was acquired through familial connections.
- Newton, Johnnie (Person)
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His brother Samuel Newton was also a soldier, but stationed at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base (Fort Warren) in Wyoming, a training center for Quartermaster Corps. One of his letters was written from Camp Guernsey, located "up in the mountains" in southeastern Wyoming, where he underwent some harsh winter training.
The Newton brothers wrote many letters to their parents (the envelopes were always addressed to their mother, Mrs. Samuel Newton). who lived in Buffalo Junction, rural area of Virginia. From the content of the letters it seems they had a farm and planted tobacco, potato, among other goods.
Johnnie and Samuel managed to visit their parents every once in a while, but were constantly wishing that the war would end so that they can could come back home permanently.
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