This collection contains letters that were mostly sent by D-Day veteran, Mike J Chavez to his wife Stella Chavez during his
tour in World War II. Also included in this collection are letters from Percy Chavez to Mrs. Mike Joe Chavez; a draft of a
eulogy for Mike Chavez written by one of his children; a copy of a program for the "Jubilee of Liberty, Normany Beach 1944"
award ceremony; one copy of "Stars and Stripes" Vol. 5, No. 195; and empty War Department envelopes.
Mike Joe Chavez was born in El Moro, Colorado to Juan and Onofria Chavez. Chavez's first job was as a paperboy, and later
during his teenage years he became a boxer. In 1933 he met his wife Stella, a social worker for the Colorado school system,
at a dance at Meredith Lake outside Ordway, Colorado. After five years, on August 28th, 1938 he married Stella and one year
later they had a son named Rick. Before he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943, they had a daughter named Delores.
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