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Thursday, June 10, 2010

LISTEN UP: MAIL CALL!!!!

THE "MAIL"  OH SO, SO IMPORTANT!!!!

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Did you ever wonder just how the U.S. Navy was able to get mail to ever sailor during the war??  Really, think about it.  Here we have 100's of ships going to this task force..or carrying war supplies to some  Marine unit that is fighting to hold a position on some remote island.  So how did the Navy keep track of where these ships were, and on top of all that how in the world did they keep track of "who" was on "which" ship??

But....yet they did.  Yes, the U.S. Navy Postal Service was one of the best.  It was devoted to get the mail to the sailor, in a reasonable time frame...and there were times when the mail would beat the sailor to where they was suppose to be....the mail was waiting for them when they arrived to shell a beachhead.  There was nothing more important to a sailor than to have that touch from 'home' that letter from mom and dad, girlfriend, wife...or just a friend...yes, oh so important.

At one Naval postal station....in one month they received 3,500,000 pounds of mail ....they not only handled it ..they sorted it and got it to each individual in a matter of days....  Now I realize I stated 'pounds'....well there is approximately fifty letters to a pound...so you do the math and I think you'll see what a huge undertaking this was...and this was just "one" month.

What I'm telling you about here is just a 'tip of the iceberg' of this huge undertaking the U.S. Navy Postal service provided....and how they accomplished it.  I have a 9 or so page article on this whole Naval Mail event ...that took place during WWII.  Yes there is some 'dry' areas of reading...but I think you'll simply be astonished when you find out how that postal service was able to get the mail to each and every sailor in a timely fashion....  The title,of the article, which serves as a link as well to the full story.... is: LISTEN UP: MAIL CALL!!!!  so if your interested in this undertold story of how the Navy got the mail from point A to point B....just give it a click....you'll be surprised.

And hey...if you have a comment....don't be afraid to let me know....more than happy to hear your opinion.

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Bud Shortridge