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Terry Chlentzos

WW2 Correspondence to Philip Chlentzos, July 1944

There was no real secret to the v-mail process; in fact it was simple, the soldiers wrote their letters on a form provided and it was then photographed onto microfilm which was simply flown to the USA. A reel of 16mm microfilm could contain 18,000 letters and in terms of bulk and weight the roll of film took up only a fraction of what 18,000 real letters would take. Upon arrival in the USA the letters were printed from the film and then posted onward to the addressee.

This letter was written to my Uncle Philip and was probably one of the last ones received before his death in combat in July, 1944.

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