Rex Valentine and Hazel “Babe” were married December 19, 1940. Babe had been an April Fool’s child and a twin, born April 1, 1910, while Rex had been a Valentine baby, born February 14, 1909 (hence the middle name). Rex enlisted December 19, 1942, and was a member of the 39th Engineers Combat Regiment, serving in North Africa and Italy. Rex returned from the war and brought all his letters from Babe back with him. They resided in Guttenberg, Iowa for the rest of their lives, running Young’s Cafe until 1968. What follows are Babe’s letters to Rex from 1943-1945.