He told about seeing victims of Holocaust camps, Patton, dreams
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Times Staff Writer yvonne.betowt@htimes.com

Always and always yours. That’s the way Jack Byrne ended most of the 160 letters to his wife Nancy while he fought in Europe during World War II.

Jack and Nancy both died in the 1980s, but their love lives on in those letters their oldest daughter, Barbara Ward, has kept in a well-worn box for some two decades.

“This is a love story,” Ward said. “It’s love letters and history.”

Her younger and only sibling, Judy Heacock, said the letters were hidden under her mother’s bed while she and Barbara were growing up.

“Sometimes we got them out, but Mother said we had better not read them,” Heacock said. “We (Judy and Barbara) both had surgery in 2000 and were going to read them together then, but we never got around to it.”