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Richard M. Nixon
Letters

Richard M. Nixon


In the following letter, Nixon writes to the parent's of a young man who died in the Vietnam War.

EXECUTIVE
ND 8-1-2/F*

May 28, 1969

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Fiume:

Of all the hardships of war, the cruelest are the losses of men such as your son.
It is with great sorrow that I have learned of the death of your son, Private Class James R. Fiume.

Of all the hardships of war, the cruelest are the losses of men such as your son. The only consolation I can offer is the profound respect of the nation he died to serve, and the humble recognition of a sacrifice no man can measure and no words can describe. Those who give their own lives to make the freedom of others possible live forever in honor.

Mrs. Nixon joins me in extending our own sympathy, and in expressing the sympathy of a saddened nation. You will be in our prayers, and in our hearts.

Sincerely,


Richard Nixon

[The above letter is reproduced exactly as written and was obtained through the archives at the Library of Congress]


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