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Topeka Army Air Base

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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Don’t Know Where I May End Up

February 7, 1945: Dad writes a letter home with the news that after nineteen months at Topeka he will be moving on to his next assignment shortly. “I’ll have a new address soon, so you needn’t write until you hear from me. I’m going to be assigned to a Bombardment Group at McCook, Nebraska in … Continue reading »

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For the Future to Decide

January 20, 23 and 29, 1945.  Dad writes several letters home from Topeka. He responds to the news from his sister about the heavy snowfalls that they’ve had back home in Albany, NY. He writes that “A 1st Lt. who works here and who comes from Albany received some newspaper clippings and pictures of that … Continue reading »

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Everything is Running Normally

January 5, 8 and 14, 1945. Dad writes a few letters home to Albany, NY from Topeka. He notes that “now that the holidays are over, everything is running normally again.” After reading Anna’s letter detailing the Christmas festivities back home he pines that he “would have liked to been home with you on Christmas … Continue reading »

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Special for a Holiday

It’s been some time since I’ve updated the blog. Work has been pretty busy, and I took a long weekend with my wife Deena to take in the fall sights in New England. We even included a stop at Hyde Park to visit FDR’s home and the FDR Presidential Library and Museum. I highly recommended … Continue reading »

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I May Get Into a Bomb Group

December 8, 15 and 19, 1944. Dad writes home from Topeka. Christmas is on its way. Dad mentions that he has received quite a few cards including one from Anna and Eddie and another from his mother and father. He writes that “I am going to keep all of your Christmas Cards so’s I can … Continue reading »

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A Fine Opportunity

November 29, 1944. Dad writes a letter home from Topeka Army Air Field. He acknowledges receiving his sister’s letter of November 26.  He is typing the letter in the office and notes that “The moon…is very bright and there are white billowy clouds in the sky. The ground is frozen and it looks like we … Continue reading »

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Looking to Learn Whatever I Can

May apologies that it’s been some time since my last entry. I’ve been away on vacation (hiking a section of the Appalachian Trial in Vermont with my brother), and subsequently catching up on work stuff since my return. Now that things have settled down it’s time to get back to 1944. November 19, 22 and … Continue reading »

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Fala Will Have Four More Years

November 2, 8 and 14, 1944: Dad writes a few letters home from Topeka Army Air Base. The weather is turning colder in Topeka and he is just getting over “a very slight cold”. As has been his practice, he sends some money home detailing “two money orders totaling 145. If anyone asks about the … Continue reading »

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I Believe I Will Remember Him

October 24, 29 and 31, 1944: Dad writes a few letters home from Topeka Army Air Base where he is still stationed with the Headquarters Squadron of the 270th AAF Base Unit (SW). Despite it being the end of October, Topeka is seeing high temperatures in the 80s. He mentions that he spent the 24th … Continue reading »

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