U.S. Army, First Lieutenant, 82nd Chemical Weapons
Battalion, 40th Division, South Pacific
Called by a sense of duty, Sid Diamond left City College and enlisted in the army in 1942, although that meant being separated from his high school sweetheart, Estelle. Sid and ’Stelle could only dream of marriage while sustaining their relationship with a stream of letters. Fighting in Bougainville and the Philippines, Diamond suffered from the war and the harsh tropical environment on top of his longing for ’Stelle. Diamond was killed in battle on January 29, 1945 in Luzon, Philippines. For his gallantry in action he received the Silver Star. He was 22.
Estelle Spero saved the 525 letters she received from her fiancé, publishing them in the 2004 collection An Alcove in the Heart. “If I ever get home,” he wrote, “I’ll know there’s one place waiting for me—a small alcove in your heart.”
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