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On the Home Front: Gavino Rivera

  New Mexico | Gavino Rivera | Oral and Charles Cheney


Gavino Rivera's family was lucky -- their son came home. Read letters they sent to him during his long confinement as a prisoner of war. Note the U.S. government did not inform the Riveras of their son's POW status for 17 months after the fall of Bataan, in April 1942.

View Letter Postal Telegraph

Received at: Plaza Hotel, Santa Fe, New Mexico
AQ10 29 GOVT (TWO) WMU WASHINGTON DC 501P SEPTEMBER 21 1943

MRS ROSA D RIVERA=
=326 STAAB ST SANTAFE NMEX=

:REPORT RECEIVED STATES THAT YOUR SON CORPORAL GAVINO RIVERA IS A PRISONER OF WAR OF THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS LETTER OF INFORMATION FOLLOWS FROM PROVOST MARSHAL GENERAL:

=ULIO THE ADJT GENERAL.



Prisoner of War Mail
Postage-Free Post Card

To:
Cpl. Gavino Rivera, American P.O.W.
Headquarters, Fukuoka Camp (Furyoshuyosho)
Island of Hunshu, Japan

From:
Mr. & Mrs. Max Rivera
326 Staab Street
Samta Fe, New Mexico (USA)
December 18, 1944

Dear Son:

This Christmas day we will all be thinking of you and praying for your early return. We are all well. God bless you,
Love,
Mother and Dad



Prisoner of War Mail
Postage-Free Post Card

To:
Cpl. Gavino Rivera, American P.O.W.
Headquarters, Fukuoka Camp (Furyoshuyosho)
Island of Hunshu, Japan

From:
Mr. And Mrs. H.W. Smith
Byram Hotel
Atchison, Kansas
Dec. 19, 1944

Dear Gavino:
XMAS TIME AND WE ARE THINKING AND PRAYING FOR YOU. ALL ARE WELL. HAVE FAITH. WE LOVE YOU VERY MUCH. REGARDS FROM ALL. LOVE, AURORA.



Prisoner of War Mail
Postage-Free Post Card

To:
Corporal Gavino Rivera (American P.O.W.)
Camp Fukuoka Furyoshuyosho
Island of Hunshu, Japan

From:
Mr. & Mrs. Max Rivera
326 Staab Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico (U.S.A.)
January 21, 1945

Dear Son:
Received your first message from Fukuoka this morning. Very happy you are in good health. We are all well here, sending photographs next letter. Love, Mrs. Max Rivera and Dad



Prisoner of War Mail
Postage-Free Post Card

To:
Corporal Gavino Rivera (American P.O.W.)
Camp Fukuoka Furyoshuyosho
Island of Hunshu, Japan

From:
Juan J. Romero, Jr.
P.O. Box 5
Santa Fe. New Mexico.
January 26, 1945

Dear Gavino, :
Your folks are fine and in health, we are compadres. Have seen few of your cards. Hope we see you soon and that you are fine.

Johnny Romero.



Prisoner of War Mail
Postage-Free Post Card

To:
Corporal Gavino Rivera (American P.O.W.)
Camp Fukuoka Furyoshuyosho
Island of Hunshu, Japan

From: Mr. & Mrs. Max Rivera
326 Staab Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico (U.S.A.)
March 4th, 1945

Dear Son:
Constantly thinking of you, praying that you will return home soon. Don't worry about us, we are all well. Hoping you are allright. Love, Mother and Dad



Western Union Telegram

MAX RIVERA=
=326 STAAB ST

VA161 NL PD=NEWYORK NY DEC 26
Recieved 1945 DEC 27 AM 11:50

ARRIVED SAFELY IN NEW YORK THIS MORNING BAD STORMS DELAYED CHRISTMAS ARRIVAL WILL BE HOME SOON DO NOT WORRY LOVE=

GIL.



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