Private Carey sends Last Word Before Departure, 1942
AMERICAN RED CROSS MOSTYN CLUB
"THE PASSAIC, NEW JERSEY HERALD-NEWS"
SOLDIER-SON WROTE MOTHER ON BIRTHDAY
Private Carey sends Last Word Before Departure.
Mrs. Martin Carey,76 Passaic Avenue, observing a birthday anniversary to-day, treasures as her most valuable birthday gift the letter received from her son, Private Raymond Carey, U. S. Army, on the eve of his departure for a foreign front.
The Careys have another son, Detective John Carrey of the Passaic Police Department, and a daughter, Evelyn.
Private Carey, who enlisted on December 9, 1941, is with the U.S. Air Force as a ground technician. His letter follows :
“At the moment I am at Fort Dix, as you know waiting for the 'last whistle' that will start us on our journey to meet the enemy.
How good it has been to see you all while I’ve been here. We were apart a long time and now we may be parted even a longer time. I know you shall worry and fear for my safety. That is definitely a parent's perogative to worry and fuss and fret of their young, no matter how old the 'young' may grow.
But I ask, not that you cease to worry for I know it is a useless request, but rather that you hold the faith and the belief you’ve always had, Faith in our God, belief in the Trinity and that surely some day God's peace shall rest upon our earth and America can once more say 'How green are our valleys.'
When the enemy has been found and has been vanquished when the great armed forces of our Nation once again set their faces homeward we shall note that many of the gay, careless free faces we knew are missing from the ranks of those who return to us, glorious in their victories.
We shall be proud and happy with those who return. We shall realize and understand the 'way down deep scar' that has seared and marred their souls. We’ll miss those faces that were not in the ranks of the returned; we’ll miss the physical contact with the missing loved ones. But never shall they be apart from us, spiritually.
Blue starred service flags will be taken down with a grateful prayer gold starred flags will remain in their sorrowful pride. There will be empty places in the homes individual homes but the Nation shall stands united in harmony forever.
To you, my family, I will never be able to repay you for all you have done for me, given me, sacrificed for me. We have wept, prayed and laughed together, no family on earth was so united in companionship, no boy had a better family in which to spend his child and manhood.
We look forward to the day when we shall grasp hands again when it shall be said "Welcome home".
And I ask in the thinking of and the praying for me, you will too, remember Bill Lodge, Curly MacCormack, James Maddax. Remember us for what we were to you as individuals. Remember all the other Bill Lodges, Curlys, and Jimmys in the ranks too.
So, until Bill, Curly and I come back from our 'errand', God-bless you all, each and everyone.
My heart is with you always."
Washington County Free Library
This is the article William B. Cruise of the American Red Cross wrote to General Hartle about.
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library
THE PASSAIC, NEW JERSEY HERALD-NEWS
United States. Army, Biography; World War, 1939-1945, United States; Hartle, Russell P.