[Ads-l] dear John letter

Herb Stahlke hfwstahlke at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 15 05:47:35 UTC 2014

This will have to be anecdotal since I didn't save the issue of the
newspaper I read it in.  Sometime last week, our local eight-page rag had
an article on an elderly--older than me--local resident and his military
service in WWII.  The article noted that he was going to enlist before
Pearl Harbor, but then he got his "Dear John" letter directing him to
report for military service.  I haven't seen it used in this sense.  I did
a Google search and didn't find any instances there either.


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