George HW Bush served as a US Navy Pilot during World War II, and it was from the battlefield that he sent a love letter to her then soon-to-be wife Barbara.
Ask historians, and they’d tell you different stories about World War II. None of them, however, might be able to recall a love letter which was written from the battlefield.
Fortunately for us, that is exactly what Presidential historian Michael Beschloss tweeted on Tuesday night. And the letter which he shared with his followers was written by none other than the 41st President of the United States, George H W Bush, to his then fiancé, Barbara.
Remember, the senior Bush served as a US Navy pilot during World War II. And it was just before he left to serve his country in the war that he got engaged with Barbara. What’s more, it was during his return on leave during the war that Bush Sr. married with Barbara in January 1945.
That, however, are the things which all of us know. What we didn’t know until Tuesday was the existence of a love letter which the Sr. Bush had written to Barbara during the war.
Navy pilot George H.W. Bush writes to his fiancee Barbara Pierce, December 1943: pic.twitter.com/p3gltpaMAq
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) April 18, 2018
“I love you, precious, with all my heart and to know that you love me means my life,’’ is how the future President begins his love letter, before adding: ‘’ How often I have thought about the immeasurable joy that will be ours someday. How lucky our children will be to have a mother like you.”
In the love letter, George HW Bush also mentions the war and his mission in it. Still, despite his extremely tough job, the then young pilot said that he couldn’t wait for the day on which he would return to her.
“This may sound melodramatic, but if it does it is only my inadequacy to say what I mean. Bar, you have made my life full of everything I could ever dream of — my complete happiness should be a token of my love for you.”