Peek Inside a Trove of Letters From WW II Soldier

The antique trunk has been in the McCall family for as long as anyone can remember.

And when 77-year-old Taft resident Jim McCall lifts the lid on the old footlocker, he reveals hundreds of mostly handwritten letters, folded carefully into red, white and blue Air Mail envelopes and yellowing V-Mail, or Victory Mail, wrappers.

The letters were written by U.S. Army Sgt. Jack McCall while he was stationed on any number of islands in the South Pacific during World War II. They were addressed to his beautiful wife, Helen, and the couple's firstborn son, Dennis. And there are more letters, written by the worried wife, who was pregnant with their second son, Jim McCall.

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