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JOSEPH P. KENNEDY SR. - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/23/1944 - HFSID 269294

JOSEPH P. KENNEDY. Responds to sympathy letter on the death of his son Joe Junior Typed Letter signed: "Sincerely/Joseph P. Kennedy", 1p. 6½x7. No place, 1944 August 23. On personal letterhead to "Dear Mr Abelman"

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JOSEPH P. KENNEDY. Responds to sympathy letter on the death of his son Joe Junior Typed Letter signed: "Sincerely/Joseph P. Kennedy", 1p. 6½x7. No place, 1944 August 23. On personal letterhead to "Dear Mr Abelman". In full: "Thank you for your kind letter. Expressions of sympathy are a real sustaining comfort in our time of trial, and we greatly appreciate yours." Joseph P. Kennedy (1888-1969), the patriarch of the political dynasty that included U.S. President John F. Kennedy and U.S. Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy, married Rose Fitzgerald, the eldest daughter of Boston Mayor John Fitzgerald, in 1914. An astute businessman, Kennedy became a bank president at the age of 25 and his involvement in various other industries, including Hollywood's film industry, and his investments in the stock market (he cashed out before the Crash of 1929) made him one of the richest men in America. Kennedy, who backed Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1932 election, held a seat on the Securities and Exchange Commission during FDR's first term and chaired the Maritime Commission during his second. On January 17, 1938, Kennedy was named U.S. Ambassador to England. A staunch isolationist who disapproved of Roosevelt's growing involvement in World War II, Kennedy resigned under pressure on October 22, 1940. However, his oldest son, Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., died in a heroic contribution to the war effort on August 12, 1944. Joe Junior, who had volunteered for naval service 3 days after Pearl Harbor, piloted B-24 bombers on hazardous missions from England in early 1944. Although his tour of duty was finished, Kennedy volunteered to stay on. He then volunteered for the even more dangerous mission of piloting a B-24 laden with high explosives, from which he and co-pilot Bud Willy were to parachute before the aircraft was remotely piloted to a German rocket-launching site in France. This flying bomb exploded prematurely, killing Kennedy and Willy instantly. Joe Kennedy Jr. was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. Joe Kennedy Senior, who had nourished ambitions for Joe Junior to become President of the United States, transferred his ambitions to his second son John F. Kennedy - also a decorated naval veteran - and lived to see this goal achieved. Faint paperclip impression in upper

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