Prisoner pens birthday letter to WWII veteran

Charles Phaneuf crew

Charles Phaneuf crewIt’s not every day that a prisoner writes you a happy birthday letter, but that’s what happened to one WWII veteran.

Of the many birthday letters and cards we received  in celebration of our favorite WWII B-17 belly gunner’s 92nd birthday was a set of three cards, each with many signatures. Included in one of the envelopes was a hand-written note on looseleaf paper from a man representing the group, explaining what these cards were all about. We were so touched by this note and the sentiment behind the cards that we’re reprinting the prisoner’s note in full, though leaving out his last name.



Dear Sir,

I hope and pray this letter reaches you in good health and spirits. It is both an honor and privilege to send you a birthday card and express gratitude to a WWII veteran. Thank you for our freedom. I don’t take it for granted.

You may be curious about all the signatures from the CRCTC cards from Mills, Wyoming. We are a group of men in a prison drug and alcohol treatment center that are trying to change our lives and be better men for our families and communities. Your story inspired us to strive more to do exactly that, try to be better.

Thank you so much. You don’t know how grateful we are. Happy birthday, Charles and G-d bless you.




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