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I'll Be Back When Summer's in the Meadow Vol 2

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I’ll Be Back When Summer’s in the Meadow

A World War II Chronicle


Volume 2, 1944

  • Compiled and Edited by Melanie A. Ippolito
    • Merriam Press World War 2 Memoir Series
      • First Edition 2012
      • 354 6x9-inch pages
      • 80 photos, letters, envelopes, documents
In January of 1944 the United States was preparing for its invasion of France.

The author's father, an aviation student in the United States Army Air Corps, was in his final months of training at North Carolina State College in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Her mother, his fiancée, impatiently awaited his return, from her home in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Since mid-July of 1943 they had neither seen nor spoken to one another. Their only contact was their written letters and infrequent telegrams.

Their story continues in Volume 2.

Contents
  • Introduction
  • January 1944
  • February 1944
  • March 1944
  • April 1944
  • May 1944
  • June 1944
  • July 1944
  • August 1944
  • September 1944
  • October 1944
  • November 1944
  • December 1944
Reviews

"This is a three-volume set of love letters between an Irish woman and a U.S. Army sergeant during the war. The letters detail the war’s effect on both of them." From the WWII History Magazine, "New and Notewrothy," April 2014.


Quotes from Volume 2

"I kept thinking of the way you used to put me in your coat when it was cold."

"He said the food is quite bad and getting worse."

"I read in the paper today where the largest convoy ever to leave the U.S. reached the British Isles."

"This place is absolutely packed full with Americans, Ray, honest, I never saw so many in all my life. They're all over the place."

"I see from the papers the situation is getting worse there so do as I said and keep off the streets after dark. I worry about you."

"What that soldier did makes my blood boil."

"I may be sent overseas in a few months but to where, I don't know."

"We all went to the Red Cross to hear Glenn Miller's Orchestra."

"I hardly know what to say, that news has hit me harder than anything else. You'll be where all the fighting and great danger is."

"Lots of people living close by to them in London were killed by those awful flying bombs and they came over here for safety. "

"A girl sang "Danny Boy" and every time I hear that song tears come in my eyes."

"I fell asleep almost immediately but about 11:30 p.m. I was awakened by the sirens."

"They aren't allowed 24 hour passes and all leaves have been canceled."

"I'm seeing so many young people die, or shot up so they're no good for the rest of their lives, it doesn't make sense."

The Author

Melanie Ippolito lives in upstate New York with her husband Len. Their two grown sons and many of their extended family live close-by, and she still has ties to her cousins in Northern Ireland. Melanie is a graduate of the University at Buffalo with a BA in Sociology. She has worked in a number of public libraries throughout the years. This World War II Chronicle is her second book and she is currently working on the third volume of this trilogy.

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