Cecil Cokonougher Letters
These three letters were written by my uncle, Cecil Lloyd Cokonougher (1917-1966), during World War II. Cecil was drafted
in 1942, assigned as a truck driver in Africa and Italy, and served his country as a soldier until the end of the war. Cecil was
the son of John Henry (1883-1963) and Amelia Cokonougher (1900-1963) . They lived on Wisecup Hill, Ross County, Ohio,
where Cecil died in 1966.]
5 Sept. 1943 P.F.C. Cecil L. Cokonougher Hqs. Btry. 185th F.A. Bn. A.P.O. 34, N.Y.City
Mrs. Norvel Royse 805 Purcell Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio
Some-where in North Africa
I will write you a few lines this evening to say hello. I am feeling fine and still getting along alright. I
hope you are all well and O.K.
I received your letter quite a while ago, but I just never seem to get around to writing. You know how it is
I guess. I hope Pearl is making it alright and tell him I said hello. Tell Dean and Alice I 2 said hello. I
sure would like to see all of you. Its been a long time since I saw anyone I know at home. Pearl was the last
one and that was quite a long time ago.
Yes I got that letter from Bessie but we had a little war to attend to at that time, so I didn't get it
answered. But I have written since.
You all must be doing a good job on your work because that stuff you are all making is doing a good job for us.
It is showing Hitler what a nation like ours can do and you don't just know what a swell place our country is
till you see the rest of the world and have to stay away from your own country.
Well you know we over here are wondering just how long it will be before we can get home and hoping it won't
be too long. Well I'll have to say so-long to all of you now.
Your friend Cecil Cok.
23 Jan 1944 P.F.C. Cecil Cokonougher Hqs. Btry. 185th F.A. Bn. A.P.O. 34, c/o P.M. N.Y. City
Mrs. Margaret Royse 805 Purcell Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio Some-where in Italy
I will write you a few lines this evening to say hello. I am writing this under a little different circumstances
than usual. I am writing this in a bed in a hospital. I got wounded by a piece of German bomb shrapnel a few
weeks ago. It wasn't too bad and I am getting along fine. It hasn't never bothered me too much and I have got
along fine. I sure have got a good rest in a soft bed with a mattress, springs, and sheets something I haven't
had since I left the States. But I'll be O.K. and out before very long. I don't think there will be any trouble
from it afterward.
Well it is wintery over here now as you probably know from the news. We had a lot of turkey Christmas and New
Years. Well I hope you are all O.K. Tell everyone I said hello and write when ever you can. I'll try and answer
Your Friend As Ever Cecil Cok.
06 Apr 1944 P.F.C. Cecil L. Cokonougher 35038267 Hqs. Btry. 185th F.A. Bn. A.P.O. #34 % P.M. N.Y. City
Mrs. Norvel Royse 805 Purcell Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio Some-where in Italy
I will write you a few lines this evening to say hello. I am feeling fine now and getting along fine. I returned
to duty February 20. I am just as good as ever now. I am sorry I didn't get around to writing sooner but you
know how this writing is. I just never seem to catch up with it.
I bet the kids are sure growing big. I sure would like to see them and all of you too. You know I haven't seen
any one I know for a long time. Pearl was the last one I saw I guess. You know I bet Alice I. and Dean did look
funny with their teeth out. I have quite a few out now my self. You know I am beginning to get old too. I will
be 27 in two weeks.
Well I hope Norvell and Dean don't get drafted. There are sure a lot of married men though and have been all
the time. But they'll be lucky if they get drafted. Well tell everyone hello for me. I'll have to be signing
off now as I am about out of space.
Good-by for now.
Your friend as ever, Cecil Cok.