|MyBestYears.com's WE WILL REMEMBER honors a very special man who served
courageously in the South Pacific during World War II. The following was written by columnist
Ann DeFrange and appears in this eColumn by permission of the author and The Oklahoman,
where it first appeared on January 31, 2002.
For more about Robert Boyd Delano, go to his tribute to
the 187th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) of the United States
Army, with whom he served in the South Pacific during World War II.
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|The Delano Family during happier times prior to World
War II (photo taken during 1936 at Guymon, Oklahoma)
(Top Row Left to Right) Clyde, Fred
(Third Row) Dale, Thelma, Robert Boyd
(Second Row) Cecil, Chance, Eula, Merle
(Front Row) Darlene, Lyla
|R. B. Delano (1944)
|Messages were sent back from WWII soldiers
to families to inform, inquire and attempt to
maintain contact with home. Above, in a letter
postmarked June 11, 1945, Private Delano
wrote from the Philippines to tell about
completing parachute training. Below, in a
letter postmarked September 8, 1945, R. B.
wrote from occupied Japan.