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The following letter was sent on April 8, 1969.

Dear Mrs. Kostanski:

Is is with great sorrow that I have learned of the death of your husband, Corporal Stephen F. Kostanski.

Of all the hardships of war, the cruelest are the losses of men such as your husband.  The only consolation I can offer is the profound respect of the nation he died to serve, and the humble recognition of a sacrifice no man can measure and no words can describe.  Those who give their own lives to make the freedom of others possible live forever in honor.

Mrs. Nixon joins me in extending our own sympathy and in expressing the sympathy of a saddened nation.  You will be in our prayers and in our hearts.


                                                              Richard M. Nixon

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