Letters from a Soldier to the Wife He Left Behind



A pampered socialite embarks on a journey to the Wild West where
her life is changed forever.the Wild West,.

A setting populated by hundreds of laborers, outlaws, and Indians is
hardly the place for a wealthy general’s daughter. But Josephine
work involved in the grandest ambition of post-Civil War America: the
building of the Transcontinental Railroad.

Life with the railroad is far from the proper life Josephine is used to,
and she faces deadly gunfights, harsh weather, and vigilante

She is torn between the West and the East; between her privileged
upbringing and the challenges of a new frontier; between the pull of
the suitable beau her parents approve of and an attraction to a rough
but charming Irish railroad worker.

But if Josephine is willing, she just might find a new life, a unique
purpose… and true love.
years. He didn't see my oldest sister until she was over two years
old. All that connected them were letters.  In this poignant memoir,
my mother shares the letters from her beloved Lyle, including
historical points of interest that correspond to the letters.

Mom and Dad celebrated 70 years of marriage in 2012. Dad died
later that year, but his "Dearest Marguerite" is still going strong at
age 97.

         November 1, 1943. The South Pacific.
      Lyle Young wrote to his dearest Marguerite:
"We did not choose this war. We accept it and put every effort into it
because without it we would lose the life that every man wants. The
men know what they are fighting for They are fighting and toiling for
the purposes they know are right. The purposes vary with each man,
but they basically all add up to the right to live, worship, and work in
peace. Each man has constant dreams of home, his loved ones, the
neat little house, the neighbors and his church. He now realizes that
those are the most important things in life and without them there is
nothing. Through sweat and blood the vision of an honest world
grows brighter."

Letters were their only contact for the thirty months Lyle served in the
Army Air Corps in World War II. Decades later, as Marguerite reread
the letters, they rekindled vivid memories and made her realize what
she held in her hands was history a personal history shared by many
who lived through that difficult time. Dearest Marguerite is a poignant
account of the sacrifice and patriotism experienced by countless
soldiers and their families.