The Caddo Herald
October 20, 1942
Frank B. Semple Writes about Soldiers Mail
And The Masons and Herald
Ft. Rackman, Mass. Sept 22, ‘42
Masonic Lodge, Caddo, Okla.:
I wish to take this opportunity and manner of thinking you for your contribution to the men from Caddo who are now in the services- The Caddo Herald.
The gesture is one of the finest and certainly one of the most appreciated that could be made by a group of home town men. The Army, Navy and Marine Corps feed us; give us weapons to make us the best fighting men in the world. But Uncle Sam cannot manufacture the mail, not the kind the young fellow out there likes to get.
The mail clerk calls out names of Jones, Smith, Brown. They grin, make a grab for the letter, card, or paper or package. One by one the contents of the mail sack are handed out. Faces are alight. Hearts beat a little faster. These are little pieces of home; home that may be thousands of miles away.
There are a few men who turn away from the eager circle around the mail clerk. Nothing for them. Out of sight; out of mind. Not that they are unloved at home. Just that some of the folks at home did not realize how desperately the youth at the front , sailing the dangerous seas, guarding some lonely beach, needed mail from home.
Mail is important in the armed services. Congress passed a bill so that service men could always write home. The Government risked a submarine to carry United States mail to Corregidor.
The only copy of the Caddo Herald that arrives at this post is thoroughly digested every Tuesday a.m. I am sure the Caddo boys all over the world appreciate this little piece of home.
Frank B. Semple