This collection contains 38 letters, 1 v-mail letter, and 1 Christmas card Earl W. Hecht sent to his brother Franklyn, while Earl was serving in the United States Navy during World War II. The correspondence is dated between May 25, 1943, and April 29, 1945, and covers Hecht's service in North Africa, Scotland, and England.
He wrote the first 4 letters and the Christmas card while serving in North Africa between May and December 1943, and the remaining letters while stationed in various locations around Scotland and England. He mentioned military life and his activities while on leave, including visits to restaurants in North Africa and a New Year's holiday in London (January 4, 1944), and commented about his fondness for drinking whiskey and about his supply of cigarettes. Hecht also regularly responded to news from home, and requested updates on his father, as well as other family members, including Edna, Anna, and Louise. Many letters contain Hecht's comments on local currency and foreign and domestic stamps, some of which he sent to his brother.