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Published in THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY some five years after the war, an American nurse published these letters that were dictated to her in France by a handful of dying American soldiers; equally moving were the grateful responses she received weeks later from their recipients:

"I am glad and thank God he had such a quiet, peaceful death. It is a very hard thing for a mother to realize she cannot be with [her son] in his last moments...I am proud to give up my only boy to his country, and that alone is a great consolation."

This is just a segment from a longer article; to read the six page memoir in it's entirety, click here.

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Letters from the Dying (The Atlantic Monthly, 1923)

Letters from the Dying (The Atlantic Monthly, 1923)

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