As Veterans Day Approaches, ‘Letters To Ann’ Offers Emotional Insight Into The Korean War

New book chronicles deployed serviceman’s correspondence with his young daughter
DENVER - Oct. 24, 2013 - PRLog -- Thousands of miles separated them, but Capt. John F. Hughes and his 4-year-old daughter, Ann Isabel, were as close as could be.

Just in time for Veterans Day, "Letters to Ann" illustrates how a collection of heartfelt notes kept a father service in the military during the Korean War connected to his young daughter back in America. Edited thoughtfully by Ann Marie, the written correspondence between the two from 1950 to 1951 is nothing short of heartwarming. Though he was surrounded by violence, Capt. Hughes found bits of light-hearted humor to share with his little girl about his daily life as a serviceman in a faraway land.

“The great truism of war is that it makes good men do bad things, and bad men do terrible things,” says Miami Herald columnist Glenn Garvin. “‘Letters to Ann’ offers an important addendum: that through the worst moments of war, the best part of humanity, our ability to love and comfort one another, survives intact. It’s impossible to read this collection of a soldier’s letters from the battlefield in Korea to his 4-year-old daughter at home without being charmed and touched.”

A charming slice of the past that cannot be found in history books, readers have praised “Letters to Ann” for its emotional content and unique insight into the “Forgotten War.”

“This book is engaging, beautiful, sad and happy all at the same time,” reviewed one reader on “The coupling of historical facts and the wonderful cartoons make this book worth reading again and again.”

Ann Marie is an attorney who lives in Denver. “Letters to Ann” is her first book, and is available for order at Tattered Cover and other independent bookstores, as well as online at ( and (
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