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Almost a decade ago, an Arizona man bid on the contents of a storage unit. When he opened the unit, all he found inside were boxes upon boxes of letters.
The letters were written by four brothers from Illinois — Ralph, Frank, John and Sanford Eyde — over many decades, beginning during World War II. Three were military men and one was a civilian.
The man who found the correspondence held onto the letters for years before contacting a reporter at The Washington Post about them. That reporter, national security writer Dan Lamothe, then did the most logical thing with the letters — he turned them into a podcast called Letters From War.
In each episode, voice actors read the Eydes’ letters. But not just any voice actors — all the voicing in the podcast is done by military veterans. So the letters resonate differently for them and you can hear it in the show.
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