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Exhibit News Update
Each month we will provide you with an update on the World War II Remembered: Leaders, Battles & Heroes exhibit.

Along with exhibit updates, each month we will provide an in-depth look at a story pulled from our "World War II Participants and Contemporaries" collection from the Archives.
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World War II Participants and Contemporaries

Gene Book
Herbert Eugene "Gene" Book, Jr. Chapman, Kansas
U.S. Navy, Pacific Theater

Dear Dad,


I've been putting this off for a long time but it just can't wait. My mind is made up . . . . Why should I be taking it easy here in school, waiting for the draft. I know its [sic] bad quitting school in the middle of the semester but this semester hasn't cost you anything. From what I hear from John McCormally, the marine corps is the place for me. When you get in there you see some action. As far as I'm concerned I just as well be at home for all the good I'm doing down here. Its[sic] getting to be accepted generally that college students are dodging the draft. I don't want to be one of those fellows.


Your son,




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