Treasures In The Attic

Valley Man Finds War Letters

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Posted: August 17, 2013

Charles A. “Chuck” Welsh II (ABOVE) served with the crew aboard the U.S.S. San Francisco (BELOW) with the United States Navy during World War II before his discharge Nov. 2, 1945 (third from top). (Photo by Courtesy of Charles A. "Bucky" Welsh III)
‘Frisco, the dog above, became the U.S.S. San Francisco’s mascot after being appropriated from its master on a previously Japanese-held island. Welsh writes of of the dog in his May 19, 1945, letter, suggesting it be named Shanghai instead. (Photo by Courtesy of Charles A. "Bucky" Welsh III)
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