Remembering the Reuben James and its link to Wilmington

Read the guest article written by Wilbur D. Jones, Jr. for the Star News entitled Remembering the Reuben James and its link to Wilmington.


“Dearest Boy, It has been two days and still no one has told me that you are coming back to me. I know you will though, because my heart is tearing in pieces and you wouldn’t even die because you’d know your going would do this to me.”

- Almeda Stewart Edwards, to husband Lt. Cmdr. Heywood L. “Tex” Edwards, commanding destroyer USS Reuben James, Nov. 2, 1941

Never mailed, this passionate, haunting love letter could never reach him, for he lay on the Atlantic bottom among his ship’s remains. Fantasizing, Wilmington native Almeda Stewart Edwards burned to believe otherwise.


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