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July 9, 1943

November 9, 1943

December 8, 1943

July 7, 1944

August 6, 1944

September 9, 1944

November 5, 1944

Stuart Willard Tompkins was born in New York City, NY. Our letter collection indicates that he was stationed in the Pacific from July 9, 1943 through November 5, 1944. Throughout the war, he saw action in Bougainville in the Solomon Islands, Guadalcanal, and New Guinea. Tompkins started as a Captain, and eventually made it to the rank of Major. While a captain, he served in the Regimental S-2 of the 132nd Infantry Regiment, Americal Division. As a major, he served as a Battalion Commander. Tompkins shared his feelings about war in a letter to his parents, written on July 7, 1944. “War is nothing but damn foolishness and proves nothing except that man still holds greed, foolish jealousy and hatred in his makeup rather than love, understanding, education and generosity. Until man can learn and live these things, there will always be war.”

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