In 1943, Geraldine Rowbottom began saving the letters sent to her by Johnny Waller, an American from Buffalo serving in the U.S. Army. For three years, the infantryman wrote to the Canadian girl from Sarnia, Ontario.

These letters were found in the attic of Geraldine's house. Their other correspondence has been lost, but seventy-two have survived. The letter provide insight into their relationship and the difficulty of communication during wartime.

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SS Atlantis (Hospital Ship #33)


The ship on which John C. Waller returned to the United States in 1945.

John C. Waller Enlistment Record


This record includes information about John C. Waller in civilian life and his statistics at enlistment on September 20, 1943.

January 27, 1945


A Valentine card with hand-drawn illustration sent by Johnny to Geraldine