After receiving the New Year’s Eve telegram from the War Department telling her that her son was alive and a prisoner of war, Raleigh Mae Farrar sent a telegram to the Buslee family the next morning, New Year’s Day 1945, to share her good news. Mr. Buslee quickly wrote a letter in response to Mrs. Farrar.
January 1, 1945
411 Wisner Ave.
Park Ridge, Ill.
Dear Mrs. Farrar,
Your letter of the 27th and news clipping were received on Saturday and it was so nice of you to keep us informed. The news in this item was naturally that which we would have liked to receive about Lt. Henson and to think that a daughter was born to his wife recently makes for increased worries for her and I trust that the sad news is not too great a strain on her.
The copilot as you may know is also a Daddy to a girl born about a month ago. We met he and his wife at Ardmore in June and like all of the boys in the crew we have been awaiting such word. Mrs. Albrecht is at the home of her parents at Chico, California. She reports that both she and the baby are doing well.
The telegram that we received from you this morning was indeed a piece of good news for the New Year. To learn of your son’s safety is indeed wonderful and I hope means such good news may come regarding all of the other boys and more that this terrible struggle will soon end and that all may return and lets hope that the peoples of the World will realize that there is but one way to get along and that is in a peaceful harmonious manner forgetting all greed and selfishness and faith in the Lord.
My wife and my daughter and myself are overjoyed in learning that your son has been reported. You can imagine our feelings since Saturday after hearing about Lt. Henson. Then too there is cause for worry as our son in law is due to leave California any day. He is also a pilot but in the Navy and is scheduled for the South Pacific.
To learn that your younger son is now scheduled to go to school after the harrowing experiences in the Navy on a carrier was more good news so I trust that the favorable word that has come to you of late is a fore runner to the still greater news that the war is over.
Thanks again Mrs. Farrar for your thoughtfullness in keeping us so closely advised and we will in turn write to you when we get word. My wife and daughter join me in this appreciation,
- I don’t know what information my grandmother’s letter of December 27 or news clipping contained.
- Lt. Henson was William Alvin Henson II, the navigator on Lead Banana when it collided with Lazy Daisy on September 28, 1944.
- The co-pilot was David Franklin Albrecht.
- Mrs. Farrar’s son mentioned in the letter is George Edwin Farrar’s younger brother, Robert Burnham (Bob) Farrar, who was injured in a kamikaze attack on the USS Intrepid on November 25, 1944.
- Mr. Buslee’s daughter and son-in-law were Janice and Gene Kielhofer.
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