Feb 14

Letters From Home

Friday, February 14, 2020 10:52 AM


A young girl sends a letter and warm hug to her sailor-father.


On Valentines Day, I’m reminded of how much a nice long letter used to mean to me when I was stationed away from family and friends. Times have changed as text messages, email, FaceTime, Google Duo & social media have advanced the speed at which one can receive news from home. As a bit of nostalgia, I pulled some photos from the Naval Institute archive for you to enjoy.

Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company. ~Lord Byron

Sailor aboard the USS Wisconsin has a quiet moment to write to his girlfriend.

What a wonderful thing is the mail, capable of conveying across continents a warm human hand-clasp. ~Author Unknown


A young sailor spends a quiet moment to collect his thoughts prior to the invasion of Normandy.


Private First Class Dean reads a five foot letter from friends and family at home.

To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart. ~Phyllis Theroux

A U.S. Coast Guard sailor smiles as he reads a letter from a loved one back home.

The Naval Institute Photo Archive has a rich collection of images that convey everyday life in the Sea Services. For these and thousands more vintage photographs, visit photos.usni.org