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A LETTER FROM A PARATROOPER

   Based on the date, this letter written by Coy Lee Moore to his mother, was probably composed while the regiment was in Sissonne, France waiting to be called up for action again.  Little did he know,, Armistice (VE) day was two weeks away and there would be no further combat.
   Because the original document was disintegrating,. Coy Moore's aunt typed a copy to preserve the words. This version was shared through-out the family and published in the local paper under the headline of "A :Letter From A Paratrooper."

April 24, 1945

   April 23 being my birthday, I received a birthday card from you, also one from Grandma Russell, a letter from Grandma Moore and Aunt Jewel.
   Mother, I will write you a letter, if I can - will my best. It is much easier to tell about it, when I have to. I donít like to write about my self and what I have I can only feel that God is guiding and protecting me. If it wasnít for God and His protection, I wouldnít be here now to write you.
   I don't believe there is ever a boy that goes into the plane - especially in combat - that isnít saying a prayer. And the same way just before we go into an attack. It makes you feel alot better and gives you more courage to say a few words to the Lord.
   I have made eight jumps with one Combat jump. The jump was the easiest one I made. I didnít have any idea what it was like on the ground with enemy all around me, but it was a job that had to be done. I felt I was doing it for my Lord, as well as my Country - and helping my Buddies. I felt the Lord was with me and that He lead me, and that whatever happened would be the way God saw best.
   While I was standing there waiting for the signal to jump, I said a prayer, asking God to lead me the way he saw best, I was the second man to jump from my plane. When the Lt. in front yelled, "Letís go!", all my fears and "funny feelingsĒ seemed to leave me and we were gone.
   Trusting the Lord in a way is like trusting a parachute. If you donít give them a chance, they wonít help you, Jump and trust the 'chute to bring you safely to the ground. But, if you donít trust the íchute enough to jump, it wonít help you. If you donít trust the Lord, He wonít save - but if you trust Him, He will save you,
   The Lord has brought me through this far, and I trust and pray he is still by my side, and those who trust Him Always.
   Well, when I started writing this I didnít think I would, but it seems the more I write the more I want to write.
   If the people at home could see and realise what the boys over here have seen and are still seeing and going through with, I belive they would have better and more Christian Homes to come back to.
   Tell all the friends Hello for me. I am still waiting and praying for the time to come when I and all the other boys can home to stay.

Your Son,
Love
Coy Lee

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