Message from a Soldier: Cpl. Ross Hightower

Vita Mia

Cpl. Ross Hightower mailed this card from “Somewhere in Italy” on July 30, 1944 to Miss Fannie Hansen in Chillicothe, Missouri:

“Dearest Fannie, Well “Honey” I thought I would send you an Italian card for a change. VITA MIA. It means My Life. Our mail has been very slow lately, so that’s why the card. Guess I will be getting a letter soon though. Much Love + Many Kisses Ross.”

Ross was from Missouri and enlisted in Detroit in March of 1942. He was a little on the older side when the war rolled around, as he was born in 1909. Sadly, it looks like he died only a few years after the war in 1951.

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