Colonel Potter stared at Hawkeye. "What do you mean, you didn't send the letter, and you're not going to?"

"I said I wasn't going to send it to B.J."

"What," Fr. Mulcahy asked, "did you do with that letter?"

"I enclosed it in a letter to my Dad. He'll know when to give it to Beej."

"That was a good idea," Colonel Potter admitted.


And then one morning, Dr. Daniel Pierce received the letter.

"Dear Dad,

I've enclosed another letter with this one. It's the last letter Peg ever sent to B.J. Please give it to Beej
when you feel that the time is right."

Hawkeye went on to describe the latest events at the 4077. The letter ended,



That night, after a supper of pot roast, Daniel Pierce handed the envelope to B.J, saying gently, "This came in a letter
I got from Hawkeye."

"Thanks," was all B.J. could say when he saw the familiar handwriting.

He put the letter away; he couldn't read it, Peg's last letter to him. Not yet.

But someday, that letter would be B.J. Hunnicutt's most precious possession.