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A Gay Soldier's Love Letter From WWII

Check out this amazing letter Brian Keith wrote to another soldier named Dave one year after falling in love with him overseas in 1943. Keith recalls the time the two shared while stationed together in North Africa. He writes about their chance encounter during World War II, waking up in his arms and the tears that flowed when they separated, and expresses regret that Dave never made it home after the war. The letter was reprinted in September of 1961 by ONE Magazine and the original is supposedly preserved in the Library of Congress.

by Anonymousreply 5203/06/2013

Gosh, I feel like a huge cynic . . . but it just doesn't have the ring of truth to it. It's as if it's written for others to see and think, "Oh, what a beautiful love letter." It reads like novel instead of a letter written from one person's point of knowledge to another person who experienced the same events. There just seems to be too much exposition.

I guess I'm just a 43 yr old cynic. I mean, ain't no body writin' me love letters.

by Anonymousreply 103/01/2013

R1, you DO understand that the writer knew the "recipient" was dead, right?

by Anonymousreply 203/01/2013

People don't write love letters anymore.

The letter reads so fake because people don't write like that anymore.

If you read President Lyndon Johnson's letter to his then girlfriend, you would be shocked that it was he who wrote the letters. Complete opposite of how he is perceived.

by Anonymousreply 303/01/2013

It was written to his dead lover, and this is 1943, so the writing style much different from today.

It made me cry actually, I lost a lover before. I can feel his pain

by Anonymousreply 403/01/2013

R3 you do realize this letter was written in 1943?

by Anonymousreply 503/01/2013

Gee--where have I read this before....

by Anonymousreply 603/01/2013

I searched the thread and didn't find it.

by Anonymousreply 703/01/2013

I wanna find myself a military husband.

by Anonymousreply 803/01/2013

Shed a tear ;)

by Anonymousreply 903/02/2013

Did anyone ever find a picture of the two guys in the letter or any more info on the guy who wrote the letter?

by Anonymousreply 1003/02/2013

I want to know what happened to them.

by Anonymousreply 1103/02/2013

R10 The letter would ring a bit hollow if they were both ugly, right.

by Anonymousreply 1203/02/2013

LOL at R12 's comment

by Anonymousreply 1303/02/2013

Pic of soldier, he's hot.

by Anonymousreply 1403/02/2013

Id do him

by Anonymousreply 1503/02/2013

R14 How do you know thats him?

by Anonymousreply 1603/02/2013

No guy would do that nowadays. He'd just pick up some trick on Grindr, become infatuated, and forget about the previous guy.

by Anonymousreply 1703/02/2013

It's a joke. The pic is Brian Keith, but the actor (i.e., Family Affair). Thought you would all recognize him.

by Anonymousreply 1803/02/2013

I wrote this in the other thread but the name Brian Keith is an unusual one and Brian Keith the actor was in WW2 so I wonder if it was him?

by Anonymousreply 1903/02/2013

Lmao, R18 I completely agree. Something has been lost in today's society with texting, and grindr. Love letter's were an an art form. Oh well

by Anonymousreply 2003/02/2013

Out of curiosity, who here has written a love letter? And was it handwritten or emailed etc

by Anonymousreply 2103/02/2013

Ive hand written so many, and one break up letter too

by Anonymousreply 2203/02/2013

Who cares if it's real...

by Anonymousreply 2303/02/2013

I'm going to sit right down and write myself a letter . . .

by Anonymousreply 2403/02/2013

Lets bring back letters haha

by Anonymousreply 2503/02/2013

The actor Brian Keith was a marine. Are marines GIs (as mentioned in the letter)? Are they stationed together?

by Anonymousreply 2603/02/2013

It says on that website that the picture is from, that he married and had a kid. Does that sound like our guy?

by Anonymousreply 2703/02/2013

So romantic!

by Anonymousreply 2803/02/2013

Brian Keith (the actor)'s real name was Robert Keith.

by Anonymousreply 2903/02/2013

Actually, actor Brian Keith's real name was Robert Keith Richey Jr. Plus, he was married 3x and had 7 children. So it most definitely was not him.

by Anonymousreply 3003/02/2013

Good investigating guys!

by Anonymousreply 3103/02/2013

If the guy was already dead, who did he mail it to?

by Anonymousreply 3203/02/2013

And he died in a tragic baking accident.

by Anonymousreply 3303/02/2013

I always wanted to fuck and spank Brian Keith--showed a nice ass in Parent Trap.

by Anonymousreply 3403/02/2013

LMao at R32

by Anonymousreply 3503/02/2013

sweet and sad

by Anonymousreply 3603/03/2013

nothing worse than loosing someone you love prematurly

by Anonymousreply 3703/03/2013

I agree with R1; it reads stagey and saccharine.

by Anonymousreply 3803/03/2013

I remember reading a letter similar to this one from WWI

by Anonymousreply 3903/03/2013

R38 What seems stagey about it?

by Anonymousreply 4003/03/2013

The letter writer describes scenes in detail that he wouldn't have to use with someone who was also there (i.e., his partner). He seems to be writing for an audience versus his lover. It creates a disingenuous tone, IMHO.

by Anonymousreply 4103/03/2013

I think he is writing it as a sort of self diary, bc his partner is already dead. And who knows, maybe he was writing the letter so one day we can be discussing it on this website. lmao

by Anonymousreply 4203/03/2013

Such a heartwarming story. THnx for sharing

by Anonymousreply 4303/04/2013


by Anonymousreply 4403/04/2013

[quote] it reads stagey and saccharine

How thoughtless of this GI not to strictly conform the style of his personal letter to the exactly standards of some nobody queen seven decades later.

by Anonymousreply 4503/04/2013

EXACTING standards

by Anonymousreply 4603/04/2013

That's Brian Keith the actor. He was hot.

by Anonymousreply 4703/04/2013

Well, let's see...

-The Library of Congress website has no record of holding a letter by Brian Keith. (And one would wonder why they would "preserve" a personal letter by a non-famous person, which would more fittingly be a part of an LGBT library.)

-The Ancestry website doesn't show any other Keith Brian in the military or draft records, except for the actor.

-Presumably the writer died before the letter was published in the magazine. There is record on the Ancestry site of a Keith E Brian kicking it in 1960 in Dekalb County, Ill, but no details about being in the military or age, etc.

by Anonymousreply 4803/04/2013

It's a toss up between:

"Curtains made from barrage balloons, spotlights made from the cocoa cans"


"Drinks at 'Coq d'or, dinner at 'Auberge', a ring and a promise given'

that factually proves dear Mr. Keith was Miss Keith in the army issued sheets.

by Anonymousreply 4903/04/2013

I felt like I was reading a travel brochure, sign me up!

by Anonymousreply 5003/06/2013

R49 couldn't be more right. "A promise given" deserves a MARY!

by Anonymousreply 5103/06/2013

Sweet. Absurdly fake. But sweet.

by Anonymousreply 5203/06/2013
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