Story URL: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=182572
Story Retrieval Date: 5/20/2013 2:55:41 AM CST
Harold Borenstein, 94, was stationed overseas during World War II for three years, three months and 19 days. Each day he sent a letter to his wife, Babe, ultimately creating more than 1,000 snapshots of his life in the Army.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, World War II veterans are dying at a rate of 900 per day. The department estimates 2 million are alive, a small fraction of the 16 million who came back to America in the '40s. Now, stories like Harold's prove to be ever more important to tell.