World War II


Ordinary People

Keeping emotionally balanced during difficult times.

What can we learn from previous generations.

Joe’s brother, Frank served in the Pacific during WWII, when he was 23 and 24years old. His big brother, Joe was almost 6 years older than he. About the same time that Frank enlisted, Joe and Loni moved from the upstairs "flat" in the two-family Webster St. house to their own home on Broadway.

Frank wrote several letters to the Broadway family, which I found among my mother's things. His letters were upbeat and kept us in touch.

Uncle Frank was a bit of an artist. The picture at the left is a V Mail message he sent to me when I was about 3 years old. He sent several of these to us often as birthday cards.

In one of his more serious moments, Uncle Frank wrote that his Mom told him to write a letter to to her sister,Tetsina Anka (Aunt Anna Hesek). He said it was the hardest letter he had ever written. That was because in April, 1945 Anna learned that her son, Francis Hesek was killed in the Battle of the Bulge in Europe. His body was buried in a military cemetery in Luxemburg.

Francis Hesek was a first cousin to Frank and Joe and they knew him well. This was our family’s biggest tragedy in WWII. He was 30 years old, married and had two little children. Great sadness filled their hearts over this loss.