Your Loving Son, "Ed"

Letters from a WWII G.I. -- Boot Camp to the Battlefields of Europe

by Fern Jennings



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 29/01/2002

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 176
ISBN : 9780759677999

About the Book

"You are taught to play for keeps so that the idea of harming, even killing, becomes too natural for you." --page 71

"The days aren’t so bad but at night you lie in your foxhole. It’s dark, it’s damp, it’s deathly quiet. You think about home, about old friends, the fun you’ve had, and you wonder if you will ever see them again." -- page 91

"The beam fell straight on the face of a German soldier. My knee was on his chest and since I was bending over, his face was about a foot from mine." --page 150.

Your Loving Son, "Ed" is a rare collection of more than 100 personal letters written by a World War II G.I. as he made his way through boot camp, with its rigorous training for war, and on to the Normandy Invasion and the hard-fought battles of Europe for which he received 5 Battle stars. Although only 18 when he enlisted, Edward J. Jennings, Jr., wrote wonderful, heartwarming letters of devotion to a family from which he had never been separated. These letters reveal his feelings, frustrations, fatigue and the horrors of war facing a soldier in combat.

Now, more than 50 years later, these unedited letters reacquaint us with the sacrifices our young men and women made which changed their lives forever.

About the Author

PFC Edward J. Jennings, Jr., was discharged from the service on October 9, 1945. He came home and returned to Boston College where he was very active on the college debate team, winning many honors in State and National debate tournaments. He was also listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges 1946-47. He received a BA in Economics in 1947 and went on to earn his degree in Law in 1951. He also joined the Army Reserves in 1948 and stayed in the reserves until 1975, leaving with the rank of Lt. Col. in Army Intelligence.

Ed entered the business world in 1951 and at the time of his death was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sunshine Biscuits, Inc., which was then a division of American Brands, Inc., where he was also a member of the Board of Directors. He was married, had three children and one grandchild.

Edward J. Jennings, Jr., was born July 16, 1924 and died October 5, 1984 of leukemia at age 60.