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The World War II Letters of Maxwell P. Smith

Maxwell Paul Smith was an Army Veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was an enlisted man in Europe and an officer in Korea—he preferred being an officer. The letters digitized here are from his World War II era.

Maxwell was born in Elyria, Ohio in 1924. He was raised in Quincy, Ill. along the Mississippi River. He and his sister, Betty, resided with their mother, Hilma and her Swedish immigrant parents. Max was a football player in high school and at Valparaiso University where he also played tennis.

Max and his wife, Vaun, were married on June 5, 1949. Max practiced law in Fort Wayne, Indiana for fifty years. His firm, M. P. Smith and Associates is currently owned by his son Mark. Max and Vaun dedicated their lives to their children and had lots of fun on family ski trips and vacations and at the family cottage on the shore of Lake Michigan in Pentwater.

These letters, photographs, and other documents were loaned to The Genealogy Center for digitization and are placed on this website with the permission of Vaun Smith.

For Maxwell P. Smith's Korean War letters, see Vaun darling, I love you! The Korean War Letters of Maxwell P. Smith

Jan. 16, 1943 - Dec. 27, 1943

Mar. 1, 1944 - Dec. 24, 1944

Jan. 22, 1945 - June 6, 1945

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