Kenneth Sweeney Letters to Jane

The 60 letters were discovered in an attic recently and started in April of 1943 with "Dear Jane" and two years later she was "My Dearest Janie" until his ship went down in 1945 and he was missing in action. It was a romance that apparently was not known by any of her descendants until the letters were found after her death in 2009.

The letters will be added over time until all 60 have been posted.

 

bulletApril 17,1943  Dear Jane
bulletMay 18,1943
bulletJune 2, 1943
bulletJune 17, 1943 My Dear Jane
bulletJuly 5, 1943
bulletJuly 13, 1943
bulletJuly 26, 1943
bulletAugust 7, 1943
bulletAugust 12, 1943
bulletAugust 18, 1943
bulletSeptember 1, 1943
bulletSeptember 8,1943
bulletSeptember 15, 1943
bulletSeptember 28, 1943
bulletOctober 6, 1943
bulletOctober 7, 1943
bulletDecember 4, 1943 - On the USS Emmons
bulletJanuary 5, 1944 - Simmons Island GA
bulletFebruary 6, 1944 - Little Creek VA - USS Mayflower
bulletFebruary 21, 1944 - Hello Jani it was nice seeing you at school
bulletMarch 17, 1944 - My Dear Jane - underway on the "Emmons"
bulletMarch 21, 1944 - invite to dinner on the ship sometime
bulletApril 4, 1944 - Lets go sailing next Summer
bulletApril 24, 1944 - VMAIL
bulletApril 30, 1944 - Back on the high seas to somewhere
bulletJune 17, 1944 - Invitation to dinner on the "E" uncertain
bulletJune 20, 1944
bulletJuly 6, 1944 - On the high seas with no mail
bulletJuly 21, 1944 - My Dearest Janie
bulletJuly 25, 1944 - To a Wonderful Girl
bulletJuly 28, 1944 - My Dearest Janie
bulletAugust 6, 1944 - I've been thinking of you a lot new
bulletNote: A-Bomb will be dropped 1 year from now on Japan
bulletAugust 27, 1944 
bulletSeptember 5, 1944 - Dearest - Underway to ??? Mail ship torpedoed
bullet new 2/20/2010
bulletSeptember 7, 1944 - Jane starts her Senior Year in High School.
bulletSeptember 15, 1944. Underway
bulletOctober 1, 1944 -
bulletOctober 17, 1944 - Lots of things to talk about but it takes a mutual exchange of ideas that you can't say in a letter
bulletOctober 19, 1944
bulletNovember 24, 1944 - Back in NY - Ship repairs
bulletNovember 27, 1944 - Still in NY
bulletDecember 5, 1944 - I'll stop and see you if we get back
bulletDecember 7, 1944 - forbidden situation gives some promise
bulletDecember 17, 1944 - On the train to Virginia
bulletDecember 18, 1944 - Christmas going away package
bulletJanuary 5, 1945 - In the Pacific regretting I didn't do more with you
bulletJanuary 10, 1945 -
bulletJanuary 29, 1944 - Finally admitting feeling for each other despite the age difference
bulletFebruary 4, 1945 -
bulletFebruary 22, 1945 - Jane - use discretion with my picture
bulletFebruary 25, 1945 - Write what you want - you won't shock me!
bulletMarch 11, 1945 - Some place in the South Pacific
bulletMarch 17, 1945 - Swimming in the Pacific
bulletMarch 19, 1945 - I feel that way too - I think you are "swell" Janie

And so it ended -

bulletApril 6, 1945 - Okinawa: USS Emmons sunk by Japanese Kamikazes and Sweeney presumed to have gone down with the ship