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     Private Frank Delaney was born on March 13th, 1910, in Jamesburg, Middlesex County, New Jersey. He spent his childhood in Jamesburg, living with his parents John and Mary Delaney, and his eight siblings. He had four years of college education and worked as a teacher. He was married to Mary May Heisler of New York County, New York in 1940, and he enlisted in the Army reserves on September 22nd, 1942 in Camden, New Jersey.

Our collection of the Frank Delaney letters ranges from March 22, 1940 to August 15, 1945. Throughout all of his letters, Frank is stationed in Paris, and he writes mostly to Mary. Often, he talks about what he will be enclosing with his letters or what he will be sending back to her. In the March 21, 1945 letter he tells Mish, "If you can think of any particular perfume you'd like, send me a letter and I'll try to get some for you." Every so often, he talks about the packages he has received. In the March 13, 1945 he tells "Mish" about how "The tomato preserves were very good." In the same letter, he tells Mary, "You know how I go for all the things you send don't you Mish, Bum."

One unique thing about these letters is that in almost every single one, Frank ends the letter with the phrase, "All our love always." His story is a typical soldier-wife love story, and it touches the hearts of all its readers.

Frank Delaney died on April 11, 1987 at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, seven years after the death of his beloved wife.

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