The World War II Correspondence collection includes 13 letters written during World War II by servicemen in various parts of the world. Not all letters or excerpts are dated, but the letters roughly cover the years 1943-1945. The servicemen were living under a variety of conditions and wrote home about their circumstances, trials, hopes, and dreams. At least one young soldier did not make it home. His letter, or “Spiritual Insurance Policy” as he called it, was hand-delivered to his family by the “Rt. Rev. Monsignor Patrick Kennedy” of the Cathedral of the Madeline in Salt Lake City. The soldier requested Reverend Kenney deliver it in the event he was not able to tell them himself.
There is some doubt about three of the writers having southern Utah roots, but the other nine were local and returned home. They include: Clarence J. Brooks, Howard Walter Cannon, Ray B. Farnsworth, Ralph G. Goates, Melville L. Hirschi, Miles (Mike) Otis Hutchings, Dayne A. Mathis, Ronald Val McArthur, Thomas P. McArthur, Edward C. McChrystal, Richard S. Passey, Virgil Crosby Snow, and L. N. Spring.