[Ads-l] dear John letter

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 15 13:10:22 UTC 2014


Not familiar to me either.

Was his name "John"?

JL

On Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 12:47 AM, Herb Stahlke <hfwstahlke at gmail.com> wrote:

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> 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.
>
> Herb
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