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By Richard Beard

The saga of China, Burma, India—World battle II’s forgotten theater—is as heroic because it is seldom instructed. CBI floor troops have been charged with the Herculean activity of carving a highway from India to China via humid jungles the place ailment was once as nice a threat because the jap, and pilots who “flew the Hump,” the treacherous flight course over the Himalayas, braved violent monsoon rains, lethal wind shifts, and mountainsides that without notice loomed from the clouds.Richard Beard, a military psychologist assigned to the 142nd normal medical institution in Calcutta, dealt day-by-day with emotional trauma. whereas American and British squaddies hacked their manner via dense tropical forests to construct the availability path, Beard immersed himself within the inner jungles of these he treated.A pillar to the boys he served, Beard was once an astute listener and observer, happy to be taking part in his half. yet his personal pillar was once his spouse, Reva, educating tuition part an international away in Findlay, Ohio. In day-by-day letters to Reva, he poured out not just his observations of existence in India but additionally his personal longing and passions, and the unfolding drama of battle, in painfully beautiful element tempered with tenderness and humor. Reva’s go back letters are packed with information of the house entrance and tales of her younger scholars, yet via all of them classes a eager for Richard’s secure return.In those letters the couple’s devotion to one another within the face of separation and their willingness to determine the struggle via to its finish show once more the commitment of the realm battle II generation.

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Frequently calling and writing my mother, I 5 From Calcutta with Love tried to help from a distance. Reva visited Richard three times a day in the health center. Her health was quite frail, and I feared that caretaking was wearing her out. Finally, I prayed for my father’s release from his tedious, confined, and apparently senseless existence. In a few days, he died of a stroke. The loss of him was a terrible blow: I plummeted. Even in his Alzheimer’s-altered state, I wanted him back. A year after my father’s death, my mother sent me a tribute printed in the spring issue of the University of Virginia’s Alumni News.

Yet, like many of his students who benefitted from his presence, I will miss him. The irony of life, its bittersweet experiences, never ceases to amaze me. I am deeply sad about having lost a wonderful father, but I am happy to have had him in my life. I miss my father more than I ever imagined I would, but I rejoice in his 6 A Letter from the Editor wonderful letters. It is my hope that they will stand as a memorial not only to his unique way of serving in World War II but also to the remarkable man he was.

Once there, illness and wounds took huge tolls. The Marauders were succeeded by the Mars Task Force, who captured the remaining territory held in Northern Burma by the Japanese. The Flying Tigers, Hell’s Angels Squadron, helped try to win the battle of Rangoon, but were not successful. When the British forces, assisted greatly by American supply air drops, drove the Japanese out of Rangoon, the enemy was forced to abandon Burma and retreat into Thailand, thus clearing the way for a land route, the Ledo Road to China.

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