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Basic Training

Riding the Rails Again

February 14-17 1943. Dad writes home while en route by train to his new assignment at the Savanna Section Ordnance School in northwestern Illinois. The base is located near the Mississippi River, due west of Chicago and not too far from the Wisconsin border. He chronicles his trip. The first detail to note is that, … Continue reading »

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I am Saying Good-bye to Miami Beach

February 10, 11 & 13, 1943.  Dad is sending home some photos that were taken of him around camp.  He notes that they were taken in the sun, so he is squinting a little bit.  He also introduces us to Joe Demusis, a Lithuanian fellow that he met from Brooklyn who, like Dad is in … Continue reading »

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People are Saying That Hitler May be Dead

February 7 & 8, 1943. A couple of letters from Stanley to Dad. Still writing from Oxford, Mississippi on the campus of the University of Mississippi where he us going through training to be an Army clerk, he tells his brother, “I do not expect to hear from you frequently as when you get through … Continue reading »

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Keep on Writing

February 4th  and 7th, 1943. A few letters from Dad to home. Dad has guard duty on the 4th. It consists of running the elevator from 10 PM to midnight. He admits that it is an easier assignment than having to guard around the buildings like some of the other guys have to do.  Of … Continue reading »

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I Know My 11 General Orders

January 31, 1943. Dad writes home. To allay his family’s concerns, he assures them that, “I am over my homesickness and anytime I hear from you, it helps a lot. There is so much to do around here in such a limited time that I almost cannot find time to write to you.”  Army life … Continue reading »

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Garland Hall

The letters are starting to come with in increased frequency. Everybody is writing nearly every other day. Sometimes there is more time between the letters and at other times Dad is writing every day. Most of what is discussed in the letters is starting to get routine (health, day to day things, etc.) and Stanley … Continue reading »

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If You Just Think About Poland, That’s Enough

January 27, 28 and 30, 1943. Dad writes home. The suitcase that his mom sent has arrived and it has been stuffed with all that he asked for and even more.  “I would like to thank you for the candy and cookies but please do not send any more in such great quantities as it … Continue reading »

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Our Beach Patrols Have Itchy Trigger Fingers

January 24, 1943. Sunday evening. Dad writes home. They are given Sundays off and he had an opportunity to check out the city and the beach.  “However, we do not dare go out at night to the beach as our Beach (night) Patrol has itchy trigger fingers, and you yourself have heard of things happening … Continue reading »

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If You Want to be a Gunner They Make You a Welder

January 20, 1943. Dad reports a slow day during which they are being classified. He learns that he is being placed in the ordinance department and believes they will be assigned to the Air Corps. He is disappointed that he was not assigned to radio work, but instead is being classified as a clerk (stenographer) … Continue reading »

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An Eyefilling Panorama

January 19, 1943. Dad is settling into Army life in Miami Beach and his taste buds are adjusting. He is “getting along fine” and “the food here is at times somewhat better.” The big news of the day is that in the afternoon they got their gas masks and an extra summer uniform complete with … Continue reading »

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