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Northwest Field Guam

Pretty Well Fed Up

January 6 and 8, 1946. Dad writes two letters home while stationed on Guam and awaiting his orders to go home. At the moment his is “disgusted with the whole Army and our Congressional War Dept. setup in Washington D.C.”  Of note is that discharge qualification points have been dropped to 48, just one shy … Continue reading »

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That’s Quite a Question.

December 29, 1945 and January 3, 1946. Dad writes two letters home from Guam on the cusp of the New Year. In his letter of the 29th, he writes that he has enclosed some photos with this letter. I’m sorry to report that the photos did not seem to survive as part of the archive … Continue reading »

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Silent Night and Other Christmas Carols

December 16 through the 25, 1945. Dad writes two letters home from Guam, over the course of several days. The first letter, the shorter of the two, was started on the 16th and includes additional notes from the 18th, while the second letter was written on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. He notes on the 16th, … Continue reading »

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This Isn’t the Army that Won the War

December 10 and 14, 1945. Dad writes two letters home from Guam where he is trying to make the best of the grind and tedium of post-war life in the Pacific. He admits in his first paragraph on the tenth, “I am fine and would feel better if I were at home.”  He notes, “…not … Continue reading »

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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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