military letters

What’s great about love letters are that someone writes how much they love you in a single sheet of paper that they wouldn’t say in person so then you can read over and over again just like falling in love with them over again without needing them to be there physically with you in your mind while reading this sheet of paper you can hear their voice reading it to you and its like a part of them will always be there with you because they expressed their true feelings for you in a letter
—  Arlene Madrid
Ryeowook’s poem to ELF / Le poème de Ryeowook pour les ELF

<Blue Star> Kim Ryeowook

I happened to lift my head to the skies
And I saw your face shining there

With all the memories of us laughing and crying
Withall the tume we’ve spent together

I wonder if you’re doing well
I find myself asking over and over again

You happened to life your head to the skies
I wonder if you remember my voice

With the winds that are warming
With the memories that continue to flow

I hope you’re doing well
I hope we meet again in good health

<Etoile Bleue> Kim Ryeowook

Je suis arrivé à lever ma têtes aux cieux
Et j’ai vu ton visage y briller

Avec tous les souvenirs de nous en train de rigoler et de pleurer
Avec tout le temps que nous avons passé ensemble

Je me demande si tu vas bien
Je me trouve en train de me demander toujours et encore

Il t’es arrivé de lever ta tête au cieux
Je me demande si tu te rappelle de ma voix

Avec les vents qui réchauffent
Avec les souvenirs qui continuent de couler

J’espère que tu vas bien
J’espère que nous nous rencontrerons bientôt en bonne santé

Timothy McVeigh’s response to the Department of Defense after they demanded he pay $1,058 in restitution for overpaid wages from his time in the military.

I have received your notice informing me of my debt owed to you, as well as your threat of referring me to the Justice Department (Big Brother). In all honesty, I cannot even dream of repaying you the $1,000 which you say I owe. In fact, I can barely afford my monthly rent. Assets? The only thing I own of any value is my car, a 1987 Chevrolet/Geo Spectrum. If you really want the car, go ahead and seize it.

My car is my only way to get to work to support myself. But I guess that’s all irrelevant to you. Go ahead, take everything I own; take my dignity. Feel good as you grow fat and rich at my expense; sucking my tax dollars and property, tax dollars which justify your existence and pay your federal salary. Do you get it? By doing your evil job, you put me out of work.

Love can withstand any boundary, love can conquer all. As long as you have the fire to fuel the desire for your soulmate.
—  A 60 day love letter
Ryeowook’s Letter for ELF on the 25th April 2017 / Lettre pour les ELF de Ryeowook le 25 Avril 2017

To my beloved E.L.F

How have you been? As spring is approaching, winter’s cold wind is leaving and clothes worn are getting thinner and flowers are blooming prettily ~^^
Few days back, I.. Went to Jeju Island~ Since it was my dad’s birthday, I utilized my vacation days to go! I think I’d spent a meaningful 3 days and 2 nights. E.L.F. who is currently at Jeju Island is really blessed. Why~ There are pretty flowers around, delicious food and nice people.. and cool ocean is always by your side, you all got to be happy about it ^^ Of course the Jeung Pyongs I am now has good air and I am living well, so I am satisfied! I’m not sure if it is because I haven’t been to Jeju Island for a long time, I’m really happy, up till now, I can still remember my parent’s blissful faces ~ Ah! The food I had eaten.. meat noodle, grilled black pork, raw yellow-tail, seaweed soup, braised cutlassfish, friend mackerel, apple mango bingsu et etc. It’s really like a food eating tour ㅋㅋ
I also went to Noksan-ro, road of canola flowers, although the blooming season has ended, wow, I got to witnessed its beauty ~ Canola flowers are the best! It’s a pity that flowers which bloom in the spring withers quickly. It will be great if it’s always spring season~ Ending my trip to Jeju Island like this, bringing back only the good memories and returning back here; it has all been great! Let’s go together in the future :>
A lot fo people caught a cold these days.. I had a slight cough but is urrently recovering ~ Everyone ought to be careful at all times and eat things that are good for your immune system (deodeok is good ~ Do eat it ~*) Don’t fall sick!!! My hand is already alright, so don’t worry about it :>
The previous letter was written in a poem-style, how was it? ㅋ ‘It will be great if you all like it’ I wrote it with thoughts like that. Thank you to those who had sent me a reply letter in a poem-style too ~ It’s great!
It is now 10.26am Sunday morning~ ^^ I wrote letters to the hyungs few days back, not sure if they had received it safely~ ㅋ It was Eunhyuk’s and Siwon’s birthday ~ So I wrote a letter.. But I felt weird about it.
At the outside of army, this birthday which always happen every year and this one birthday among all other birthdays.. Because it’s the army life so I cared a more about it and wonder if it will be lonely! But because ELF is around, so I’m relieved~ E.L.F. whose brithday are in April, happy birthdaty~! Happy birthday ~
Have you all listened to Yesung’s song this time? It’s very nice gith! Paper Umbrella ~ :>
Together with Kyuhyun, these two had a duet song without me! Hng ~
It’s a well-prepared album ~ Hope that the album activities will be done in high spirits and receive much love for it ~ It will be a success ^^
I’m getting hungry as I write this letter ~ ㅋ This appetite of mine ~ What shall I do to it.. Dieting will start tomorrow ~ E.L.F., do eat a lot of delicious food ~!! You have been eating vitamin C, vitamin E and omega-3 well right? ㅋㅋ Add one more itemp in the list ~!! Brazil nuts ~ Only 2 of it per day! Don’t eat too much of it ~ Eat moderately! Until the day we meet, stay healthy and live happily :>
P.S. Nowadays, I’m doing well with the seniors and juniors~
Practicing songs too (Because of cold, I can only listen to songs these days~ Adele, Musiq Soulchild, Billy Porter, Bruno Mars, Mika, argh there are a lot of nice songs around ㅠ)
I’m working hard not to forget the feel of it ~ ㅋㅋ Perhaps it is because I have the urge to do exceptionally well in singing~ It’s great~ Nowadays, I have been listening to songs mainly for the lyrics~ Previously, I thought that melody, singing style, song arrengement etc techniques are crusial, but now I’m not sure if it is because I am getting older~ If the lyrics is good.. everything is good then~ ㅋ
Going on and on writing the P.S portion ㅋㅋㅋ
Whenever the members appear on TV, I will watch it interestingly ~
Members, fighting~ I love you :

Love yourself
23 April 2017
Ryeowook who loves E.L.F.^^

Pour mes E.L.F biens aimés

Comment avez-vous été? Comme le printemps est en train d’approcher, le vent froid d’hiver est en train de partir et les vêtements portés deviennent plus fins et les fleur fleurissent joliment ~^^
Quelques jours auparavant, Je.. Suis allé à l’Île Jeju~ Puisque c’était l’anniversaire de mon père, j’ai utilisé mes jours de vacances pour y aller! Je pense que j’ai passé 3 jours et 2 nuits significatifs. Les E.L.F. qui sont actuellement à l’Île Jeju sont vraiment bénies. Pourquoi~ Il y a de jolies fleurs dans les alentours, de la nourriture délicieuse et des personnes biens.. et l’océan frai est toujours à vos côtés, vous tous devez en être content ^^ Bien sur le Jeung Pyeong où je suis a un bon air et je vis bien, donc je suis satisfait! Je ne suis pas sûr si c’est parce que je ne suis pas allé sur l’Île Jeju depuis longtemps, je suis vraiment heureux, jusqu’à maintenant, je peux toujours me rappeler des visages bénis de mes parents ~ Ah! La nourriture que j’ai mangé.. Nouille de viande, porc noir grillé, sériole crue, soupe d’algue, poisson coupé braisé, maquereau frit, pomme mangue bingsu etc etc. C’est vraiment comme une tournée alimentaire ㅋㅋ
Je suis aussi allé à Noksan-ro, route des fleurs de canola, bien que la saison de la fleuraison soit terminé Wow, j’ai pu témoigné de sa beauté ~ Les fleurs canola sont les meilleures! C’est dommage que les fleurs qui fleurisse au printemps flétrissent vite, ça serait bien si c’était toujours la saison du printemps~ Finissant mon voyage à l’Île Jeju comme ceci, rapportant seulement les bons souvenirs et retournant ici; tout a été génial! Allons-y ensemble dans le futur :>
Beaucoup de personnes ont attrapé un rhume ces jours ci.. J’ai eu un légère toux mais c’est actuellement en train de récupérer ~ Tout le monde devrait faire attention tout le temps et manger des choses qu sont bien pour votre système immunitaire (deodeok est bien ~ mangez-en ~*) Ne tombez pas malade!!! Ma main va déjà bien, donc ne vous en inquiétez pas :> 
La lettre précédente était écrite dans le style d’un poème, comment c’était? ㅋ ‘Ça sera bien si vous l’aimez tous’ je l’ai écrite en ayant ces pensées-là. Merci à ceux qui m’ont envoyé une réponse dans le style d’un poème aussi ~ C’est génial!
C’est maintenant 10h26 Dimanche matin~ ^^ J’ai écrit des lettres aux hyungs il y a quelques jours, je ne suis pas sûr qu’ils l’aient reçue sans encombres~ ㅋ C’était l’anniversaire d’Eunhyuk et de Siwon ~ Donc j’ai écrit une lettre.. Mais je m’en sens bizarre.
A l’extérieur de l’armée, cet anniversaire qui se passe toujours tous les ans et cet anniversaire parmi d’autres anniversaires.. Parce que c’est la vie à l’armée, alors j’en prend plus soin et je me demain si il sera solitaire! Mais parce que les ELF ne sont pas loin, alors je suis soulagé~ E.L.F. dont les anniversaires sont en Avril, joyeux anniversaire~! Joyeux anniversaire ~ 
Avez-vous tous écouté la chanson de Yesung cette fois? C’est vraiment bien n’est-ce pas! Paper Umbrella ~ :>
Ensemble avec Kyuhyun, ces deux ont eu une chanson en duo sans moi! Hng ~
C’est un album bien préparé ~ J’espère que les activités de l’album seront faîtes avec entrain et recevront beaucoup d’amour ~ Ce sera un succès ^^
Je suis en train d’avoir faim en écrivant cette lettre ~ ㅋ Cet appétit ~ Que devrais-je lui faire.. Le régime commencera demain ~ E.L.F., mangez beaucoup de nourriture délicieuse ~!! Vous avez bien mangé des vitamines C, vitamines E et des oméga-3 n’est-ce pas? ㅋㅋ Ajouté un article de plus dans la liste ~!! Noix Brésiliennes ~ Seulement 2 par jour! N’en mangez pas trop ~ Mangez modérément ! Jusqu’au jour où nous nous rencontrons, restez en bonne santé et vivez heureux :>
P.S. De nos jours, je vais bien avec les seniors et les juniors~
M’exerçant à des chansons aussi (A cause du froid, je peux seulement écouter des chansons ces jours ci~ Adele, Musiq Soulchild, Billy Porter, Bruno Mars, Mika, argh il y a beaucoup de bonnes chanson ㅠ)
Je travaille dur pour ne pas en oublier le sentiment ~ ㅋㅋ Peut-être que c’est parce que j’ai l’envie de faire exceptionnellement bien en chantant~ C’est génial~ De nos jours, j’ai écouté des chansons principalement pour les paroles~ Avant, je pensé que la mélodie, la façon de chanter, l’organisation de la chanson etc que les techniques sont cruciales, mais maintenant je ne sais pas si c’est parce que je vieillis~ Si les paroles sont biens.. tout est bien alors~ ㅠ
Continuons et continuons d’écrire dans la portion du P.S ㅋㅋㅋ
Chaque fois que les membres apparaissent à la TV, je les regarderai de façon intéressante ~ 
Les membres, courage~ Je vous aime :>

Aimez vous
23 Avril 2017
Ryeowook qui aime les E.L.F. ^^

World War II Soldiers Express Their Love in Heartbreaking Letter

Dear Dave:

This is in memory of an anniversary – the anniversary of October 27th, 1943, when I first heard you singing in North Africa. That song brings memories of the happiest times I have ever known. Memories of a GI show troop – curtains made from barrage balloons – spotlights made from cocoa cans–rehearsals that ran late into the eventings–and a handsome boy with a wonderful tenor voice. Opening night at a theater in Canastel–perhaps a bit too much muscatel, and someone who understood. Exciting days playing in the beautiful and stately Municipal Opera House in Oran–a misunderstanding–an understanding in the wings just before opening chorus.

Drinks at “Coq d'or”–dinner at the “Auberge”–a ring and promise given. The show for 1st Armoured–muscatel, scotch, wine–someone who had to be carried from the truck and put to bed in his tent. A night of pouring rain and two very soaked GIs beneath a solitary tree on an African plain. A borrowed French convertible–a warm sulphur spring, the cool Mediterranean, and a picnic of “rations” and hot cokes. Two lieutenants who were smart enough to know the score, but not smart enough to realize that we wanted to be alone. A screwball piano player–competition–miserable days and lonely nights. The cold, windy night we crawled through the window of a GI theater and fell asleep on a cot backstage, locked in each other’s arms–the shock when we awake and realized that miraculously we hadn’t been discovered. A fast drive to a cliff above the sea–pictures taken, and a stop amid the purple grapes and cool leaves of a vineyard.

The happiness when told we were going home–and the misery when we learned that we would not be going together. Fond goodbyes on a secluded beach beneath the star-studded velvet of an African night, and the tears that would not be stopped as I stood atop the sea wall and watched your convoy disappear over the horizon.

We vowed we’d be together again “back home,” but fate knew better–you never got there. And so, Dave, I hope that where ever you are these memories are as precious to you as they are to me.

Goodnight, sleep well my love.

Brian Keith


5 May 1917 - Letter to Folks at Home from The Somewhere

In this short letter to his family at home Fred writes that “there is little to tell”, noting that Canadian newspapers will provide more detail about the actions of Canadian troops than censorship rules allow Fred to write. 

We learn from this letter that Fred is back working the guns but is writing on his day off, well back “from the hot country”. He mentions that the weather is “fairly dry” but, that while he writing intermittent thunder was “trying to rival the guns”.

Fred writes about a letter from his brother Frank, who is apparently “delighted” with the new plane he is flying. He ends the letter hoping that everything is alright at home, and with a plea for news from home