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Northwest Field Guam

This Frying Pan of an Island

November 27 and December 2, 1945. Dad writes two letters home from Guam with his “hope this letter will bring…some of the warmth from this frying pan of an island.”  The war has been finished for some time, the army is winding things down at Northwest Field and Christmas is on its way. With all … Continue reading »

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I’ll Take an LST Headed for the States

November 20 and 23, 1945.  Dad writes two letters home from Guam with “the news…as well as the rumors.” Apparently one of the rumors (from the Executive Officer of the group) is that the “35 pointers would be screened and would remain with this outfit for about 5 to 6 months and then the outfit … Continue reading »

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I Still Have 47 Points

November 13 and 17, 1945. Dad writes two letters home from Guam where he is marking his “7th month overseas.” They continue to wind things down as more and more men are being shipped back to the states. Dad details some of the preparations. “This coming Friday and Saturday we get flu shots mostly for the … Continue reading »

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A Beggar’s Meal

November  5 and 6, 1945. Dad writes home from Guam where he is stationed with the 331st Bomb Group. He acknowledges that the weather back home in Albany, New York stating, “I know it must be kind of cold up there by now but I’m making it up for all of you down here.” He also … Continue reading »

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The Red Cross Truck

November 1, 1945. Dad writes two letters home from Guam where he is still stationed with the 331st Bomb Group, even though the war in the Pacific has been over for two months. He mentions that his group is not the only occupants of the island. He writes that he had the afternoon of the … Continue reading »

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That is Still up to Congress

October 26 and 29, 1945. Dad writes two letters home from Northwest Field on Guam where he writes, “Out outfit is pretty well settled here. We now take ice water for granted here as well as coffee and showers whenever you want to. You can wash your clothes anytime you want to. I wash mine … Continue reading »

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SPAM, SPAM, and More SPAM

October 9 and 17, 1945. Dad writes two letters home from Guam. His letter on the 9th is relatively short while his letter on the 17th runs three pages. The main reason for the letter on the 9th is to send some negatives home and ask that his folks get some prints made and send them back. He … Continue reading »

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We Are Not an Occupation Force

October 3 and 6, 1945. Dad writes two letters home from Northwest Field where he is stationed with the 331st Bomb Group and “it has been raining for the past day or so.” He specifies that he is “still on Guam” and that “we are not what you would call an occupation force, it’s just that … Continue reading »

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47 is a Lot Better Than 29

September 20 and 26, 1945. Dad writes two relatively short letters home from Guam where he is stationed at Northwest Field with the 331st Bomb Group. With the war being over in the Pacific, it is no wonder that his thoughts have turned to the possibility of discharge. Additionally, he clarifies a few things that he … Continue reading »

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I’ll Have to Pray for Patience

August 27, 1945. Dad writes a short letter home from Guam where he is stationed with the 331st Bomb Group. Apparently August is the rainy season at Northwest Field, as Dad details, “This morning the ‘Mississippi’ came along both sides of our barracks and underneath them due to a rain shower during the night. Our … Continue reading »

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