|Written by Gary Levitt|
|Monday, November 19, 2012 10:56 AM|
The Museum of Postal History and I lost a good friend during the last week. Having served his country proudly in the US Navy, it was only fitting that he be buried on Monday – the National Holiday for Veterans. There wasn’t a dry eye when the military honors and the playing of Taps concluded. We’ll miss you, Jimmy Wilcox. You were right, cooks do rule the world and everyone who ever enjoyed hors d’oeuvres or a meal at this museum had you to thank for it.
Following the funeral, I was asked about the delivery of mail during World War II. The person wanted to know if there was five day or six day delivery during the war. I am still researching the answer so I must beg off and talk about something related. In an article that was written in the Army and Navy Journal of December 7 1942, then Postmaster General Frank C. Walker stated very clearly the importance of the mail in the war effort. “It is almost impossible to over-stress the importance of this mail. It is so essential to morale that army and navy officers of the highest rank list mail almost on a level with munitions and food.”
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