LOCAL FEELS: The Mystery of the WWII Love Letters

October 17, 2019 | Dave Moore, Kristen James

Local Feels

On the way home from a weekend road trip to the Smoky Mountains, best friends, Lindsy Wolke and Megan Grant, found a stack of old WWII love letters in an antique shop in Tennessee. They were so engrossed in the love story, they decided to buy all 21 letters for 4 dollars each! The letters were from 1944 to 1946 between Elias Maxwell (stationed in Japan) and Ilaine Murray, who was back in their hometown of Blackwood, New Jersey.

After reading through the letters, the friends HAD to know what happened! Did they ever get back together? They did some research and learned Elias and Ilaine DID get married after the war! They had 4 children and lived in Clementon, but both had passed years ago. So, they searched for the children so they could give them the letters.

A friend of Barbara, one of the kids, saw the post on Facebook and told her. She said the sight of her mother’s handwriting left her literally shaking, and she had only ever seen one of the love letters once before. The girls didn’t want to risk losing them in the mail so they decided to road trip it and all met up at a restaurant in Jersey to return the letters. The family also gave them a tour of the lovebirds’ hometown and all the places mentioned in the letters.

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Dave & Kristen

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