A Labor of Love

by Diane Ledgerwood



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/1/2022

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 7.5x9.25
Page Count : 482
ISBN : 9781489742773
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 482
ISBN : 9781489742858

About the Book

He was from Tennessee, and she was from Wisconsin. They would meet in 1943 at March AFB in Southern California where he was stationed in the Army, and she worked as a civilian draftsman. After their love blossomed and the romance deepened, my dad was shipped overseas to be a part of the Allies’ invasion of Europe. He eventually lands on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. It was a rough day for all who landed there, many of whom did not return home. Like so many other young couples of that “Greatest Generation,” Brown and Helen kept their love alive through love letters. The letters were written as often as possible, and each letter was eagerly anticipated. The letters give a glimpse into their feelings without always knowing what is really going on inside their hearts and minds. As their daughter, I believe this was a true love story that endured and produced a family for the ages. The second section of the book, letters to parents and friends, deals more with details about what was happening in the world and at home. He still couldn’t say where he was stationed. Sometimes Luxembourg, sometimes somewhere in Europe. But all correspondence comes to halt when he arrives back home and prepares for the wedding they have both been dreaming of. It took place at the first Methodist Church in Appleton, Wisconsin on Sunday, November 25, 1945.

About the Author

Diane Ledgerwood was born in Tennessee where her dad was born and raised. He was an avid University of Tennessee sports fan, especially the Lady Vols basketball team in their many winning seasons. The family moved to California in 1948 where she attended Lynwood High School and went on to graduate from Cal-State Long Beach. She met her future husband Larry and they had 2 beautiful daughters, Jennifer and Cheryl. She then took her accounting degree and had a successful career doing all those fun financial statements and expense reports. She has dedicated the last 2 years or so to preserving the legacy of her parents' love letters for future generations.