This collection consists of 26 letters, covering the period from Monday, February 21, 1944 to Sunday, September 30, 1945.

WRITER: Blodgett, Corinne
Location: New Jersey
Relation to Recipient: Sweetheart
Ethnicity: Not identified
Socio/Econ Circum.: Secretary

RECIPIENT: Albanese, John A.
Location: Pacific Theater
Military Branch: Marine Corps
Rank First Letter: Private First Class
Rank Last Letter: Unknown

Corinne Blodgett and Private John Albanese were introduced via mail in 1943 through Corinne’s brother, Walter, who was stationed with John in a Marine replacement battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Corinne was then nineteen years old and still in secretarial school. Soon, however, she would begin her wartime career as a secretary.

John was shipped to the Pacific in December 1943. His tour of duty would eventually include the South Pacific, Southwest Pacific and China. The two corresponded throughout the war, but did not meet until John returned home in December of 1945.

At that time, the distance between John’s home in New Haven, Connecticut and Corrine’s home in Jersey City, New Jersey did not permit John to meet with Corinne on a regular basis. Corinne, interpreting this as indifference on John’s behalf, began a relationship with another man whom she eventually married.

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Letters from 1945

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First 1Class John A. Albanese dated August 8, 1945, Corinne Blodgett

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated April 23, 1945, Corinne Blodgett

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated August 31, 1945, Corinne Blodgett

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated February 20, 1945, Corinne Blodgett

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated February 28, 1945, Corinne Blodgett

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated July 6, 1945, Corinne Blodgett

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated March 24, 1945, Corinne Blodgett

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated March 25, 1945, Corinne Blodgett

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated May 16, 1945, Corinne Blodgett

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated May 24, 1945, Corinne Blodgett

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated September 14, 1945, Corinne Blodgett

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated September 30, 1945, Corinne Blodgett

Letters from 1944

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated April 15, 1944, Corinne Blodgett

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated April 23, 1944, Corinne Blodgett

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated August 16, 1944, Corinne Blodgett

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated December 12, 1944, Corinne Blodgett

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated December 3, 1944, Corinne Blodgett

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated February 21, 1944, Corinne Blodgett

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated July 2, 1944, Corinne Blodgett

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated July 23, 1944, Corinne Blodgett

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated July 4, 1944, Corinne Blodgett

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated May 1, 1944, Corinne Blodgett

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated November 10, 1944, Corinne Blodgett

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated November 15, 1944, Corinne Blodgett

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated October 12, 1944, Corinne Blodgett

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Letter Written by Corinne Blodgett to Private First Class John A. Albanese dated October 5, 1944, Corinne Blodgett