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René met nurse Lois McFarland when he was at Ft. Ord in June 1942. They got engaged – secretly at first, and then openly. In October 1942, they were secretly married in Richmond, Virginia. They had to keep their marriage a secret or the Army would have required that they serve in separate units.

A Wartime Love Story: Lois and René, with 146 posts, contains four types of content: letters in which René mentions Lois, letters written by Lois, a letter written by René’s father in which he mentions Lois, and notices of a couple of important dates in René’s relationship with Lois.