These old letters from soldiers are always so interesting. I have found letters to my mother (and also some to me, although not this far back obviously) from my uncles. All four of my mother's brothers were in service, the oldest three in WW2 (and one of those in Korea, too) and the youngest in Vietnam. I don't ever remember seeing any of those which had been redacted, although I had heard of them. You explained it so well, how the process of screening worked. Underlying is always the longing for home and family. War is the particular scourge of mankind, and I suppose as long as there is language, young men (and now young women) will write poignant letters home, regardless of the format available. I do agree that the print format is quite a treasure to possess, especially for succeeding generations to mull over. Obviously, your father loved his young wife and family, and it left a big space in his heart to be separated from them.