What to Write to Servicemen

The Gazette
October 8, 1992

In 1943, Farmerville and Union Parish were struggling though the midst of the Second World War.

The Office of War Information that year offered these pointers for homefolks writing to soldiers, sailors and marines…based on suggestions gathered in a survey among servicemen at home and overseas in cooperation with the Special Service Division of the Army Service Forces:


  1. How the family is doing everything possible to help in the war.
  2. How anxious the family is for the boy’s return.
  3. How well and busy the family is. Give details.
  4. How the family is getting along financially.
  5. What’s doing in the community: news about of girls (single) he knows, doing of friends, who’s marrying whom, exploits of the home team and other sport events, social doing, effects of the war on the home town. Reminisce a little about past events and places the boy used to visit. Enclose clippings from the hometown paper.


  1. Your troubles. He has troubles of his own.
  2. Your complaints. He can’t do anything about them.
  3. About things you are deprived of. He can’t supple them.
  4. Doleful predictions about the future. He’s fighting for that future- now.
  5. Unnecessary details about financial troubles. If there are things he should know about family finances, and he is in a position to do something about the situation, tell him. But don’t string it out.


On July 17, 1943, the Union Parish Selective Service Board announced that the following has been called for military serve:

Billy Jewel Bennett of Bernice, George Albert Lee of Bernice, Arley Skains of Farmerville, Robert Samuel Kennedy of Downsville, James Hollis Futch (transferee) of Bernice.


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