Biography of Charles Rubin
I was a small child during the war but my siblings were much older. My older brother was a cadet in the Army Air Corps and never saw combat. My oldest sister was a regular at the Stage Door Canteen on West 43rd Street in NYC. I do remember the feeling, however young I was, of people being unified so as to win the war (of course, after the war everybody went back to their old ways as is natural.) The sister I mentioned, Irene, wrote to all the soldiers and sailors that she knew including her fiance's fraternity brother who was about nineteen and fighting in Europe (my sister's fiance was stationed as a photographer in India for much of the war.) In my sister's photo album, there were photos of this young man showing him to be a fun-loving slim guy with a shock of black hair, frolicking with others on a beach. Irene wrote to him often telling him the news at home and then one day received a letter back with the marking "Deceased" on the envelope. Irene has given me the letter to keep and it tells of the young man's girlfriend and what she and my sister were doing socially and work-wise. There was other news as well--about other people and general subjects. To think he never read this letter or any other letters ever again is very poignant. The fact is, he was probably already dead when Irene was writing it. How many other letters sent by friends and loved ones came back stamped "Deceased?"
Mr. Rubin Has written a novel on the war years in Hollywood CA, if you would be interested in reading such a book, please email him
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