Scituate Couple's Hidden Love Letters From World War II Turned Into Book


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SCITUATE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The World War II-era love letters of a Scituate couple will be preserved thanks to their four children.

A year after her mother Jane Atherton died, Connie Marcotte discovered over 350 letters and postcards written to her mother by her father Mel in her mother's attic. Her sister, Janet Leslie Atherton told WBZ's James Rojas at the time, she and her three siblings had no idea these existed.

"[There were] letters from Panama, then him going overseas to Normandy, it was just so overwhelming," Janet Leslie Atherton said. "He was telling stories, he had a sense of humor, and he was very romantic."

After discovering these letters, the Atherton siblings paid to have the collection professionally scanned and documented by a group in New Orleans. The documents were then turned into a two-volume book titled World War II Love Letters, which was given to each of the Atherton siblings.

Janet Leslie Atherton said she's already read the book.

"If you read it from beginning to end, it is a love story," Janet Leslie Atherton said.

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The siblings next donated the collection to the Scituate Historical Society, where it is being held in the organization's archives. The Scituate Historical Society now has the two volumes of the book of letters on display as well.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports.

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