After both my parents died, while cleaning out their house in 2011, I found the letters that my father, Kenneth John Zill, had written to my mom, Rosalie Nash, and to his parents, Otto and Ida Zill, during his time in the army from
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TWO NEW SECTIONS HAVE BEEN ADDED!! A NAME AND LOCATION INDEX! IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO MAY HAVE SERVED OR COME IN CONTACT WITH KEN YOU CAN LOOK IN THE INDEX BY NAME TO SEE IF THEY ARE MENTIONED! THERE IS ALSO AN INDEX BY LOCATION
IF YOU WANT TO SEE IF YOU SERVED OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW SERVED NEAR WHERE KEN WAS STATIONED OR WHAT HE SAID ABOUT A CERTAIN LOCATION.
You can find these on the left hand side of the page, after the list of letters by month. Please let me know if you see
an error and I will fix it. Once again, thank you for checking out my site.
If you are looking for more information about the 45th Division please click here.
One of my readers led me to this site. It has great information and stories about several of the battles that my dad mentions including the battle where he was injured.
If you want to jump right
in to the letters, they are posted by month on the left hand side of this page.
Ann Arbor, Michigan Pre
Ft. Polk, Lousiana Jan.
1951- May 1951
Camp Stoneman, San Francisco, CA Early June 1951
At Sea Mid
Camp Crawford, Hokkaido, Japan Late June 1951
Chitose, Japan Late June 1951- Early
Early December 1951
December 6, 1951 - Mid August 1952
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Late August 1952
If you are interested in seeing pictures there are several pages of just pictures but there are also pictures posted in most months so please don't miss those!
I wanted a place to share these letters with family
and friends. You will read a love story between two young people evolve. You will mostly only see one side, my dad's, as he was not able to keep most of my mother's letters.
I found 15 letters that my mom had written to her own parents from an undated letter in Dec. 1951 through May 1952. While they aren't to Ken, they tell you want is going on in her life. It's an interesting contrast of Ken's life on the
lines to Rosalie's life in college. She does mention letters from Ken. I have added them where they fit by date in with his letters. I find it very interesting and I hope you do too!
Ken is from Ann Arbor, Michigan.
He leaves his home in early 1951 as a naive young man, who thinks of girls, beer and sports and ends up a world away fighting on the front lines in the Korean War. Being drafted meant he had to leave his beloved school, Michigan State
College. He was injured on his 22nd birthday in June of 1952 for which he recieved a purple heart. Rosalie, who is from Howell, Michigan, is a coed at Michigan State College. He is obviously smitten with her as you will read.
I have added
hyperlinks to locations, movies, and details that I wanted to learn more about. It should appear as a hyperlink by being underlined. If you hover your curser over it, click on it, it will take you to a new page so that you can learn more on the
topic or perhaps see the poster from the movie or hear the song that he mentions.
I have tried to type them as they are written so any errors in grammar that you see are what was in the letter. This is a work in progress so please check
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it! If you would like to contact me there is also a page to send a message to me.
CPL. Kenneth J. Zill
45th Infantry Division
Combat - Korea