Pfc Frank H. Cartwright, taken prisoner
by the Germans soon after he parachuted into Normandy on D-Day, is
this year's first contributor to the Pasquotank County [NC] Red Cross fund,
sending $5.00 from his prison camp deep inside Germany and with it the
warmest commendation of the organization. Mr. Weatherly calls
upon the county to match his gift tomorrow.
Cartwright wrote to his parents from the prison camp
in Germany, and with it a formal authorization signed by a German officer,
authorizing the gift; the letter passing through German and American
Army censorship: it was written November 21, 1944 and passed through
American censorship January 13, 1945. The letter: "Dear Mom and
Dad: I am getting along fine here and hope everyone is getting along
fine. I am working now and am glad. It helps the time to
pass quickly. Some of the boys received their first letters yesterday.
They were sure glad. You can see the Red Cross Society about writing
and sending things. They are doing a fine job here. We really
owe them a lot.
"Tell Mama Alice [his sister] I really want to see my little nephew, now I am an
uncle. Hope he don't take after her too much. Give everyone
my love and don't worry about me. I am getting along fine.
With lots of love to all the family. Frank
Young Cartwright grew up in the house four miles beyond Weeksville
from which his father, Charles R. Cartwright went off to war more than
a quarter century ago. He is the oldest of the children.
He has been in the Army nearly two and a half years. He asked
for service with the paratroopers and got his training at Camp Mackall
near Pinehurst. He went to England, and landed with his Division
in Normandy on Invasion Day.
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