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July 24, 2006

Athens man finally meets World War II-era pen-pal 64 years after first correspondence

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The Masons also said that the older generations of Dutch appreciate what America did for their country. “Anywhere you went over there, and they found out you were American, the ones that lived through the war, treated you like a queen,” she said.

“They were so thankful that our nation was there and my niece and nephew run into that all the time. You hear so much about all these other countries hating us, and Winnette said it’s remarkable when they find out Jimmy is in the service, they come up to him and say, ‘Thank you.’”

For Travis, the trip confirmed everything he had previously heard about the Netherlands.

“I didn’t know Holland was that way except by letters and what my uncle had told me once he got back,” he said.

“I was just a kid, so it went in one ear and out the other. But after I got in the service, it started meaning more and more to me. I’ve pulled this letter out and re-read it so many times. When we went over there, and it was just marvelous to hear them about how they appreciated the American soldiers. I just wished I had asked my uncle more questions.”

For Tommie Mason, the highlight of the trip remains the visit with Mien.

“I’ve been thinking about this a lot,” Tommie said. “I think it was a blessing that the Lord had planned out.”

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