‘Jackie letter’ still sheds light on service, history

One of the most famous letters to home written during World War II is still providing lessons and fresh insight to a new generation nearly 80 years after it was first delivered.

“The Jackie Letter” as it is now known, is housed at the Burns Library at Boston College.

It was written by a B.C. graduate, Navy Lt. Cmdr. John J. Shea to his 5-year-old son on July 29, 1942.

It was just over a month before Shea and 192 fellow crew members were killed when three torpedoes fired by a Japanese...

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