About this series

To provide the narrative framework for “My Darling Faye,” Post columnist Mark Wineka read 487 letters between Army Lt. William Alvin “Andy” Anderson and Juanita “Faye” Walker Anderson. Written from January 1942 to October 1945, the letters cover the Andersons’ courtship, marriage and arrival of their first child amid long periods of separation caused by World War II. Alvin and Faye are the late parents of Salisbury Post Publisher Greg Anderson. Most of the letters were written by Alvin to Faye, though a few details are gleaned from letters he had saved from her. Other information comes from research compiled by Greg Anderson in connection with his father’s time on the European front.

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A Personal Journey

When Salisbury Post Publisher Greg Anderson started reading his father's letters, he couldn't stop. "I became...

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Part Two

Facing even more time apart, Alvin and Faye tie the knot. To the surprise of everyone, Army Lt. William Alvin "Andy"...

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Part Three

As war goes on, Alvin & Faye find time for each other. At the top of his Aug. 25, 1944, letter home, Lt. William Alvin "Andy"...

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Part Four

Schmidt and the Hurtgen Forest: Alvin melds in with smoke, darkness, Germans. For hours, Lt. Anderson and the two...

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Part Five

‘My fighting days are over’; Alvin waits out the end of the war in Paris. Anderson spent a blue Dec. 31, 1944, in Paris, ...

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Part One

A courtship begins between a bespectacled lieutenant and his girl back home. In all of his letters to his wife, Faye, Lt. William Alvin....

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Part Two ~ Quotes

June 24, 1942 — I had a 14-ton tank run over me yesterday, and I am still able to write to you. You figure that one out.”

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Part Three ~ Quotes

Feb. 12, 1943 — “The president is about to speak. I’ll be back. Well, he finished speaking, and it was good. I guess...

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Part Four ~ Quotes

Sept. 19, 1944 — “Darling, I miss you more than I ever thought humanly possible. It just seems you are part of me...

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Part Five ~ Quotes

April 27, 1945 — “The news is good now. I can’t see for the life of me what keeps these people fighting.”

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Part One ~ Quotes

Anderson learns jungle-fighting techniques in Panama. Lt. Alvin Anderson's first impressions of Panama were not great...

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The Bushmaster

Anderson learns jungle-fighting techniques in Panama. Lt. Alvin Anderson's first impressions of Panama were not great...

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A month in England

Alvin waits for the inevitable call to the front. Before he was shipped overseas to England, Alvin told his wife, Faye, to...

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March toward Germany

After his first month of chasing Germans through France, Belgium and Luxembourg, Lt. Alvin “Andy” Anderson seemed....

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