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Gordy Brule Letters

Identifier: MSS-4166

Scope and Contents

The collection contains letters written by and to Gordon "Gordy" Brule who served in the 447th Bomb Squad in New York during World War II. There are only three letters written by Brule to family members, while the majority of letters written to him are from two women, Freida Miller Rochester, New York, and Pauline (later Paula) Cothran of Spartanburg, South Carolina, who were possibly competing for his affections. Frieda one talks of marrying after the war is over and Pauline is very flirtatious. The letters that overlap by about four months, give some insight into the strains and pressures placed on the relationships of soldiers and their loved ones during wartime.

There are also a few letters from other "girl" friends although one is married to another soldier, as well as a letter from Brule's sister-in-law Betty Brule. Betty asks Brule not to send any money to her abusive husband (Brule's brother) who is having an affair with another woman and threatens to go to Reno, Nevada, for a divorce. Her request is done with the intention of insuring he doesn't have the wherewithal to afford a divorce as she doesn't think he has any right to get married again.

Finally, there are letters and documents to Patricia Brule, Gordy's wife whom he married in July 1945. One of the letters, written by the Commanding Officer of the Army Ground Forces, Pacific, in 1947, informs her that Gordy's request for government transportation for her and their children to Hawaii where he was stationed after the war was approved.


  • 1943 - 1949


Biographical / Historical

Gordon Joseph Brule, second child and oldest son of Morton and Grace Brule, was born on January 8, 1917, in Rochester, New York. He enlisted in the U. S. Air Corps in November 1941 and rose to the rank of First Lieutenant by the end of the war. He married Patricia McCarthy on July 5, 1945; the couple had at least two children: Anlee and Gordon Jr. who was killed in Vietnam in 1967. Brule died in Rochester on September 21, 2002.


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Letters written by and to Gordon "Gordy" Brule who served in the 447th Bomb Squad World War II.


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Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266