4to and 8vo. 208 total pages, approximately 30,000 words. Accompanied by an issue of The Missourian, the ship's newspaper, printed aboard (Vol. 6, no. 4, 30 April 1951; 4to, 8 pages, illustrated), 13 letters from Ward's brother Lawrence to their mother, all from the U.S. Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, Illinois, November 1952 - February 1953, and ten other pieces of family correspondence of the period. All very good.
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Ward's first letter announces his assignment to the Missouri as it leaves Norfolk, Virginia, in route to the Far East and his subsequent correspondence, roughly following the dates of the Korean War, describes life and conditions aboard the ship. During this period the Missouri made two cruises into the war zone, serving as a commander's flagship and supporting infantry activities with shellings from offshore; in between those two cruises, the Missouri was stationed in Norfolk, serving as a training vessel and making two visits to Europe. Though commenting on conditions back home and family life there, especially concerns for his mother's welfare and news from girlfriends, Ward's letters deal primarily with day-to-day ship life: training, accommodations, work and promotions, detailed descriptions of meals, shipmate personalities, visits from high ranking officers and other dignitaries, etc. Interspersed are occasional comments on the war and ports that were visited by the ship.