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Nathan Hecker Letters

Identifier: A2018.63

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Letter; November 21, 1944. In the letter, Dorothy describes food rationing, having too many points, and news about a mutual friend Charles having been injured in "France's Invasion" and been sent home to recover. She goes on to confirm she received money that Hecker had sent her, and that she has not started buying Christmas presents yet. Dorothy goes on to talk of Thanksgiving plans, family and friends that had recently visited, and a belated birthday card she received from an Aunt. She closes by referring to the newspaper clippings she enclosed with the letter.

Clippings, Newspaper; 3 clippings from unknown newspaper. "Graduated," "Sunday, November 12th," and cartoon entitled "Ethel's Apartment is a little // Small for our family, but it's // her turn to have dinner!"

Letter; November 29, 1944. The letter begins with Dorothy describing her Christmas shopping, problems at work, the rarity of getting a piece of ham from the butcher, and how much she enjoyed it, and a band show she went to with one of her friends. She then begins to answer some questions Hecker had written her, and describes the goings on of various friends. She expresses that she does not worry that Hecker will come to any harm, but does worry when she hears reports of carriers being sunk or damaged in attacks. She understands that she can't know all the details of damage and attacks, but still worries and would feel better if she knew what was going on. Dorothy goes on to explain that she has not sent Hecker a care package because she knows several other people, including his mother, have done so recently so she does not want to bog him down with too much. She continues to talk about other acquaintances, money they should be receiving for a jacket of Hecker's they had sold, Dorothy's Thanksgiving, and she apologizes for not including any clippings in this letter. She ends the letter by telling Hecker that she found a bracelet that her neice gave her that she thought she had lost.


  • Majority of material found within November 21–29, 1944


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The Nathan Hecker letters were sent to Nathan Hecker, a Chief Aviation Radio Technician, by his wife, Dorothy. Nathan Hecker was killed in the November 25, 1944 kamikaze attacks on board Intrepid. The letters never reached Hecker and they were returned to Dorothy, stamped undeliverable.

Charles Robinson was a letter carrier in the Fresno area. Charles was unable to return the letters to Dorothy and they remained in his possession, unopened.

The letters have been opened by museum staff members on October 10, 2018. They describe Dorothy's life back at home, updates on family and friends, her progress in Christmas shopping, and her worries about her husband in the war.



Jennifer Milani
August 7, 2018
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Part of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Online Archives Repository

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