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Hall Of Famer Ted Williams Detailed His Korean War Experience In Love Letters… To His Mistress
Consider the wartime love letter: a tradition of military service, a downrange sufferer’s record of affection and longing, sent home to a waiting love, often saved by the receiver for posterity.
Boston Red Sox legend and MLB Hall of Famer Ted Williams was no exception to this tradition: While serving with the Marines in the Korean War, he found time to write 38 letters about the stress of conflict, personal loss, and romance… to his mistress.
Now they’re up for auction, according to the Associated Press.
Williams was married to his first wife, Doris Soule at the time, but from 1952 on, he wrote the three dozen wistful letters to his sidepiece, Evelyn Turner — who worked as a flight attendant while Williams served in Korea as a Marine fighter pilot. (Soule and Williams divorced in 1954.)
William’s missives to Turner covered everything from flying a plane riddled with bullets to his feelings on the death of his father, along with musings about his second break from professional baseball to jump into the cockpit, having done similarly when World War II broke out.
“I had holes all over the plane and I was riding on all the prayers people say for me ‘cause I was awfully lucky. My plane was burning like hell when I crash landed. Everybody around here now is calling me lucky. Anyway, I’m missing you,” Williams wrote to Turner, describing the day he crash-landed his F9F Panther following a mission.
William’s letters — along with other items from Turner’s estate, including baseball memorabilia — will go to auction Jan. 3.
“They’re his innermost thoughts during the Korean conflict,” Troy Thibodeau, who is putting the letters up for bidding through Saco River Auctions, told the Associated Press.
Before you get misty-eyed over the romance of it all, it’s important to remember that this is actually the second set of love letters between Williams and a mistress that have gone up for auction. According to the AP, six letters from the pro baller to a woman named Norma Williamson sold for thousands in 2011.
Nor did Williams’ and Turner’s romance stand the test of time. Al Christiano, Turner’s son, told the Associated Press that after a decade-long affair, the pair split when Williams told her that she would come in “third place — behind baseball, and fishing.”
Editor's note: A combat wounded veteran, Ryan served in the U.S. Army as an armor officer assigned to 1st Battalion, 13th Armor Regiment. While deployed to Iraq in 2005, his vehicle was hit with an improvised explosive device buried in the road. He works as the Wounded Warrior Project's national Combat Stress Recovery Program director.
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Conor, the McDowells' only child, was killed during a vehicle rollover accident in the Las Pulgas area of Camp Pendleton during routine Marine training on May 9. He was 24.
Just weeks before that emotional ceremony, Alexandrina Braica, her husband and five children attended a similar memorial at the same military base, this to honor Staff Sgt. Joshua Braica, a member of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion who also was killed in a rollover accident, April 13, at age 29.
Braica, of Sacramento, was married and had a 4 1/2-month-old son.
"To see the love they had for Josh and to see the respect and appreciation was very emotional," Alexandrina Braica said of the battalion. "They spoke very highly of him and what a great leader he was. One of his commanders said, 'He was already the man he was because of the way he was raised.' As parents, we were given some credit."
While the tributes helped the McDowells and Braicas process their grief, the families remain unclear about what caused the training fatalities. They expected their sons eventually would deploy and put their lives at risk, but they didn't expect either would die while training on base.
"We're all still in denial, 'Did this really happen? Is he really gone?' Braica said. "When I got the phone call, Josh was not on my mind. That's why we were at peace. He was always in training and I never felt that it would happen at Camp Pendleton."
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The United States' pattern of "unilaterally reneging on its commitments" is leading Pyongyang to reconsider its own commitments to discontinue tests of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), the ministry said in a pair of statements released through state news agency KCNA.
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Roman Sabal, 58, originally from Belize, came to the San Ysidro Port of Entry around 7:30 on Monday morning with an attorney to ask for "parole" to attend his naturalization interview scheduled for a little before noon in downtown San Diego. Border officials have the authority to temporarily allow people into the country on parole for "humanitarian or significant public benefit" reasons.
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Spencer is expected to temporarily lead the Pentagon while the Senate considers Army Secretary Mark Esper's nomination to succeed James Mattis as defense secretary. The Senate officially received Esper's nomination on Monday.