Miles and Stella Hopper correspondence, 1943-1945 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Miles and Stella Hopper's collection of correspondence spans two years and four months, starting soon after Miles' induction into the Army in June of 1943, and ending shortly before his arrival back in the United States in October of 1945. The majority of the correspondence is between Stella at home in Herrin, Illinois and Miles away in the service. In addition, there are some letters to both Stella and Miles from other individuals. The bulk of the collection is comprised of standard letters, with a few "v-mails" and cards, and one telegram.
While much of their communication centers around their loneliness and longing for one another, the letters do provide information about life in the European Theatre of War as well as that back home in the States. Because of censorship and tight restrictions on what soldiers were allowed to write, the collection is scant on details regarding troop movement, battles and military strategy. However, it does chronicle Miles' travel through Europe, as well as major events of the war such as the Battle of the Bulge. Stella's letters reveal many details associated with life on the home front such as: shortages and rationing; movies and radio; and the great numbers of men going off to war. This collection of correspondence provides glimpses not only of activities but also of the attitudes and beliefs of those involved in and affected by the second world war.