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Smoky Hill AA Base Salina KS

A Far Cry from Camp Upton

November 8, 1943. A handwritten letter home from Dad. He mentions getting Anna’s November 4th letter the day before. So if you were wondering, it takes about three days for letter to get from Albany to Topeka. He spends a good bit of his letter writing about the local weather, compares his experience in Topeka to other … Continue reading »

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Chemical Warfare Training

May 26 & 29, 1943. Dad writes two letters home. He reiterates that he now reports to the 21st Air Wing for duty. He says “I am getting along as usual in this Army which isn’t so hot but it ain’t too bad. Today we had a fast physical checkup and of records as well … Continue reading »

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Like Peter the Tramp

May 22 & 24, 1943.  Two more letters home from Dad. The letters about Stanley’s first furlough have finally made it to him. He comments that he “read the part of the letter where Stanley made his entrée in to the house on the first morn. Stanley sure got changed by the Army…I guess Stanley … Continue reading »

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You Will See Your Niece

May 16 & 17, 1943. Two letters home from Dad. The two letters read almost like one so I will combine them for the purposes of this post. For the first time he is able to include his brother Stanley’s name on the salutation as Stanley is home on furlough. He references Anna’s letter of … Continue reading »

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Straight From the Heart Words

May 12 & 14, 1943. Dad writes a few letters home. Things are pretty much the same “Get up in the morning, eat, exercise, go to work and that’s about it.” With his recent assignment to the 21st Wing he really has not been doing much …just pretend I am busy. Sometimes I take the … Continue reading »

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Sticking with Ordnance

May 9 & 10, 1943. Two letters from Dad to home. Writing from the Smoky Hill Army Air Field in Salina Kansas, all is well. With the 9th being a Sunday, Dad is in the office after going to Mass. Since “there isn’t much doing” he’s decided to write home. It is Mother’s Day, so … Continue reading »

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I Will Get Moved Around

May 4, 5 & 6, 1943. Two letters home from Dad written over three days while he is at Smoky Hill AA Base in Salina, Kansas. In the first of the two letters he thanks his family for the Easter greetings that they sent and reports that that his barracks bag has finally caught up … Continue reading »

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Like Rip Van Winkle

May 1 & 2, 1943. A letter from Dad to home written over two days.  He is writing on a Saturday night at 8:00 PM from Smoky Hills Army Air Base in Salina, Kansas and notes the he is listening to the Hit Parade on the radio. He has been in the Army for four months … Continue reading »

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Getting Along with My New Job

April 30, 1943. A letter home from Dad. It’s been three days since he wrote with his new address in Salina, Kansas. He notes, “I haven’t heard from you as yet, but before you receive this letter I think I should hear from you. I should be hearing from Stanley soon as well.”  He continues, … Continue reading »

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My New Surroundings

April 27, 1943. Dad writes home. He is no longer in Salt Lake City, but is writing from Smoky Hill Army Air Base in Salina, Kansas.  He reports, “I am getting along as well as I can with my new surroundings.” He left Salt Lake City after going to mass on Easter Sunday. “I offered … Continue reading »

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