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Grandson Pores Over Love Letters from World War II

On this, the eve of Valentine’s Day, it’s perhaps one of the few times these days we still take pen to paper and write something akin to the old-fashioned love letter. Writing letters at all — let alone love letters – is often seen as a relic of a bygone era. A trove of love […]

Love letters between Donald Victor Tompkins and his future wife, written during World War II. (Image: Letters from Victor/Facebook)

On this, the eve of Valentine’s Day, it’s perhaps one of the few times these days we still take pen to paper and write something akin to the old-fashioned love letter. Writing letters at all — let alone love letters – is often seen as a relic of a bygone era.

A trove of love letters from such a bygone era were handed to Houstonian Darren Tompkins after his grandmother passed away. His late grandfather, Donald Victor Tompkins,  wrote the letters to her while he was serving in the Army during World War II.

Since Tompkins was the only other person in the family outside of his grandfather to serve, it seemed only logical that he sift his way through hundreds of them. Which is exactly what he’s trying to do. He hopes to eventually put it all together in a book, as he explains to Houston Matters producer Edel Howlin.

MORE:
Letters from Victor on Facebook
How to Write a Heartfelt Love Letter

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