A short story, our time will come when the war is over.

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The day Ramona received the letter from the war department, her world stopped turning.

The year was ninteen forty five. WWll had just ended. The US had defeated Germany and Japan.

Romana was working at the shipyard in Evansville, In. where they built ships and made bullets for the war effort.

When she heard the news, a jubilation arose among the workers. Music was blaring. Work had virtually come to a standstill. They were dancing on the ship's deck and down in the streets.

Ramona's true love Bill would be coming home.

She'd not heard from him for several weeks.

Bill and Ramona had been highschool sweethearts. They both had just graduated in nineteen forty one when they heard the news that Japan had bombed Pearl Harbor. Bill knew without a minutes hesitation, he must go fight for his homeland. So they put their college plans on the back burner and off he went into the ' wild blue yonder '

Ramona wanted to do her patriotic part so she made bullets at the shipyard.

Each day she waited to hear from Bill.

One evening she was sitting on the front porch when a military car drove into her driveway. A marine captain walked up on the porch holding a letter in his hand. She knew the drill. She'd seen it played out with her neighors, a letter informing them of a son or daughter either dead or missing in action.

Funny how a lifetime can take flight across your mind'

She remembered the first day she laid eyes on Bill. She was six and he was eight. They were choosing sides to play baseball and Bill chose her to play on his side. " He was so cute " she thought kinda skinny with big brown eyes and a head full of curly red hair. Ramona was sorta chubby with big blue eyes and long blond pigtails. From that day forward they were inseparable all the way through gradeschool and highschool. They had applied to the University of Southern Indiana. His major was going to be in architecture, her's in teaching.

Suddenly her mind focused on the here and now again. The captain was handing her an envelope and softly saying the words, " I'm so sorry to inform you that Bill Brown was killed in action on March the 26th, the last day of battle on Iwo Jima.

The world seemed to stop turning at that moment. All of her dreams faded into thin air. She couldn't cry, instead she grew angry. Why oh why? The last day of the war. He was so close to returning home and together they would fulfill their dreams of college, then marriage and a family.

Days passed. She mostly sat and thought about Bill and how much she missed him.

Three weeks had passed when the phone rang, she half heartedly answered " Hello " Bill's voice whispered, " Hello baby, i'm alive. " For a minute she thought someone was playing a sick joke, then he spoke again, " Telling her he was wounded and had lost his dog tags and was comatose for days before he could tell anyone who he was. " He was the only survivor of his ninth division of 112 men. " She screamed and almost dropped the phone. He was alive! He was alive! Her world was once again whole.

The war had ended. Their life was back on track after four long years of delay.

Truely happy days were here again.

Bill remained in the hospital another two weeks, then was discharged home. His head injury healed but he was left with a permanent limp, a bullet shattered his tibia in his right leg, at times he required a brace for needed support. He was awarded a purple star for his injury.

They both started college in the fall. with his government loan they were able to rent a small cottage near campus.

Their love grew stronger each day and their future was planned well in advance. After graduation they would get married and start the family they both wanted so badly.

They knew how very lucky they were. He often thought of his buddies lying scattered on the Iwo Jima hill/mountain. A memory that really never left him for the duration of his life.

Edwin Star war quote-Wikipedia.org. Public domain.

And when he gets to heaven

To St. Peter he will tell

" One more marine reporting Sir!

I've served my time in hell! "




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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Awww, I love a happy ending! Well done, Ruby. My mother worked in the shipyards during WW2...I really enjoyed this one.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

I'm so glad you liked this one Bill. It is part fiction with a tad of truths written. My sister Mary was the one waiting for her true love Charles and she did work at the shipyards making bullets. Thank you so much for supporting my writing...Cheers my friend.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Glad everything was okay and Bill was alive! The power of love keeps things going. Great write.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

happy endings.. maybe i can take a page from your shorts always.. i enjoy reading your fact/fiction... and look forward to more Frank


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Nice story Ruby and good to see a happy ending. This one rang a bell for me because one of my uncles was named Bill Brown and fought in the army in WWII. He wasn't killed either fortunately but suffered PTS afterwards for some time. Voted up.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

I love happy endings, Ruby. Especially, when all seems forsaken. I'm glad Bill turned out to be alive after all. It's what anyone would wish for.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Ruby,

This story carried me right along a gamut of emotions from teary sadness to joyful smiles in the happy ending you so beautifully provided in the love story of Ramona and Bill.

Loved hearing the powerful vocals of Barbra and Judy -- perfect song choice! Voted UP and UABI -- Happy 4th (on the 3rd)! Hugs, mar


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Hi Ruby, what a lovely ending! I am glad Bill turned out to be just lost and not dead, great story!


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

When I read that a military car drove into Ramona’s driveway, I expected the worst. What a surprise ending! It is an ending that gave her hope for a bright, loving future that this horrible war had stolen from so many families. I like the photo of you and Tom at the memorial in DC. :-) The duet with Barb and Judy is legendary…how amazing. Voted waaay up and sharing. :-)


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Ruby. What a nice - 'happy ending' - some prayers are answered. Your story easily captured the times and the heartaches and then to answer her wishes was the perfect touch for an ending.


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

Oh my gosh, Ruby, I am crying my heart out!!!! I started reading with that feeling of disapproval I always have towards war. Expecting the worse. After all, surviving war is but only a miracle. So there, of course Bill would die in action. Therefore the end of this story of yours was such a wonderful surprise, my tears erupted from the depths of my heart. (I guess I must have lost many beloveds during my previous lives because of wars, and that is why I just can't come to terms with war-making. Or what?) Why do people have to be so stubborn? They will rather die than come to an agreement; they want all or nothing; they want to be winners, dead or alive.... I am heart and soul against war and violence!

I believe Bill and Ramona are still living happily ever after...

This is a beautiful story, having all the ingredients of a successful romantic movie.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Vellur. So glad you enjoyed my stor and yes the power of love will keep things going. Thank you so much...


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

What a lovely story! So good to read when sadness turns to happiness. I guess this must have happened to quite a few though the opposite, sadly, was more usual.

Great story, well told. Ann


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Frank. No do not change your style. I love your stories with that surprise twist at the ending. Thank you so much.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Jodah. The nonfiction part of this story is my sister Mary waited for her husband while working at the shipyard making bullets for the war effort. He was wounded and spent months in the hospital, He was shot in his leg fracturing the tibia in his right leg, it left him with a limp and had to wear a brace. Thank's for adding to this story about your uncle Bill.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Shauna. So nice to see you on my page. I love happy endings too. There's way too much sad stuff in the world today. Thank you so much..


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mar. So glad you liked my war story, Teary sadness to joyful smiles is a beautiful comment. Thank you. I'm glad you watched the video. I thought it was perfect for this piece. Happy 4th coming up. Hugs my friend.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Nell. He was one of the lucky ones, so glad you enjoyed, Thank you..


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Genna. So happy to see you again. I watched a movie of Betty White the other night ( I can't think of the title ) anyway she was sitting on her porch when she received her letter, her husband was really dead. It was so sad, tears galore.. We enjoyed seeing the memorial, glad you liked the picture and the video. Thank you so much for sharing. Hugs..


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mike. I was hoping you would enjoy a marine story since you were a proud one. Thank you so much. I love happy endings too. Hugs..


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Martie. I know where you're coming from. War is the most evil deed ever and it never solves anything. Today we are good friends with Japan and Germany. I read somewhere that people are vacationing in Nam. The same for Iraq, it's worse now after we went in there and killed innocent people. That's why we need a woman president, a woman would never start a war, ( I hope ) Thank you for a wonderful comment...Hugs my friend..


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello annart. Thank you for a well told comment. Yes wars bring much sadness to many countries and all for nil, nothing is ever gained but the loss of life. Cheers my friend..


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

'Cool' story. Quite touching, really and it does happen. Sweet touch at the end.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello manatita. So glad you thought it was a cool story. I liked that quote from Mr. Star too. Thank you so much for coming by Ruby's place. Cheers my friend..


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

I am also a glutton for happy endings and I loved this story Ruby. Voting up and sharing for sure.

Eddy.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Eddy. Happy you liked my story. Thank you for sharing. Hugs...


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A great story and you told it with ease Voted up and interesting.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello DDE. Always nice to see you. Thank you for coming. Cheers.


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epigramman 2 years ago

Hello Ruby my dear , I brought the gang over this morning from Canada time 10:14 - George J, Tiffy , Gabriel and yours truly to 'explore' one of our favorite writers and most beloved friends.

Naturally I know about the war effort through my dad who was a Canadian soldier for 6 years in World War II and he landed on the Juno beach during D-Day. Had he not survived I wouldn't be here today to tell you this story. On leave from England 'before' D-Day a few years earlier he met my mum while visiting his boyhood town of Stirling, Scotland (home of Braveheart/Mel Gibson/William Wallace) and they courted and had a romance and then eventually married down the road - my mum was a war bride, one of many, who came over to Canada on the legendary Queen Mary ship. What a story and it was this moving story of yours of fate and love and life which inspired me to tell you about mine.

We are sending big hugs of the best kind to you dear Ruby - and thanking you always for your love and support and friendship - you have been a big rock in my life and I will forever be grateful to you .......


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Ruby, I though this read like a true story, then I saw the comment about your sister Mary and her true love Charles. Even in war there is hope, beautifully done.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Dear Epi, Thank you so much for sharing your story with me. I'm so glad your mom and dad found each other, Walla, Epi! One of a kind for sure. It must have been a trying time when young lovers found each other during the war, never knowing for sure if they would ever see one another again. My sister Mary had to deal with the uncertainty too. She is my inspiration for this story. Thank you for the BIG hugs, you have been a true friend and supporter and i will always be grateful to you too. Thank's again for the card on the 4th. Happiness my friend..


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Jo. It is mostly true with just a little fiction tossed in. My sister Mary is the one who waited and worked at the shipyards making bullets. She is the one who told me about the dancing when they heard the war had ended. Thank you so much for coming to read and comment....


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dahoglund 22 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Good story, Ruby. I was about nine years old at that time. My brother who wass ten years older was in the Navy as were many of my cousins. Even for us kids, WWII dominated life at that time. sharing.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia

Great story Ruby, and I really love the quote you ended with. Oh and I had an uncle named Bill Brown who fought in WWII. Coincidence. Voted up.


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always exploring 22 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello dahoglund. I'm glad you thought this was a good story. This story is based on my sister Mary and her love Charles. She worked at the shipyard in Evansville, In. making bullets, her husband Charles was in the war. Thank's for coming by..


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always exploring 22 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

John, you must have forgotten you'd read this 6 mo. ago. Anyhow, I'm glad to see you again. I love that quote too...

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