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Vera Keller Leckie
Vera's first appearence in the series


Caroline Dhavernas







Vera Leckie (née Keller) is a minor character and the primary love interest and future wife of Robert Leckie.


Vera Keller was born in 1924, in New Jersey. For most of her childhood, her mother warned her about Robert Leckie, he was troublesome and reckless. Vera really didn't know Robert personally, but she did know that he was a little rebellious. Despite this, she still developed feelings for him and he grew up having a crush on her. Their childhood to adulthood was marked by the Roaring Twenties, Prohibition, the rise of organized Mafia crime (via Al Capone), the stock market crash of 1929, and the Great Depression. During this time, they become friends and are somewhat close in high school. Their romance could be described as a Romeo and Juliet type.

On December 8, 1941, she went to go shopping. However, she decided to go and pray at church instead, since America had made the decision to enter the war the day before due to the devastating, ruthless Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and news of Japan's recent takeover of Shanghai, China . While hearing President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's address, she was deeply moved and inwardly grieved due to the possibility that Leckie would enlist or be drafted and she would never see him again. In church, she prays for the United States in the war and for the brave soldiers lost on the USS Arizona.

As she headed to the church, she was greeted by Leckie as he left St. Mary's Church. They had a brief conversation where Leckie promised that he would write to her every day while at war. Vera enters the church, and Leckie leaves for the Marines the following night. As she watches him board a ship taking the American troops to the Pacific, she is saddened and says goodbye not knowing if this is the last she ever sees of him. Four days later, she is even more troubled as America jumps further into war; this time, due to Nazi Germany declaring war. Her nation is now at war with not only just Japan, but also Japan's allies, Italy and Germany. This gives way to the grim realization that her childhood friends will either be sent to the Pacific or the Atlantic front.

After the War[]

When Leckie returns, he finds out that Vera has been dating an Army officer named Charles Dunworthy. Leckie eventually wins her over and they have a date where Leckie reveals the fate of his letters: at the time he believed he wouldn't survive the war, so the letters eventually ended up being washed away in Cape Gloucester, lost forever.

Leckie and Vera continue dating, and they eventually marry some time later. They have three children, David, Geoff, and Joan, and they lived together for many years until Leckie's death in 2001.

Vera and Joan were later interviewed for The Pacific. Vera and Joan told them of how Leckie would be screaming at night from his nightmares of his time in the Pacific. "It lasted his entire life" Vera concluded.


  • Vera is one of the three main girls of the series.
  • Despite that, Vera is not mentioned at any time in Leckie's memoirs.

See Also[]

Robert Leckie