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No Different Than Any Other Day

Posted by on April 9, 2017

June 27 and July 4, 1945. Dad writes two short letters home from Guam where he is stationed with the 331st Bomb Group. On the 27th he writes that the package with the T-shirts has yet to arrive and “…is probably somewhere in a warehouse awaiting shipment.” He also comments that he hasn’t gotten a letter from his brother Stanley “…for quite a while and I hope it means good news, such as his returning back to the States.”

On the 27th he also notes, “Tomorrow is my birthday and this is the craziest place for me to spend it, but spend it I must, in a place where things depreciate and deteriorate, both human and inhuman. A lot of things grow here too.”

He goes on to write about a fellow that he met on a train when he was going home on his last furlough, “He was an M.P. when overseas and had on a Presidential Citation as well as two battle stars. This fellow was in the South Pacific for 36 months and he told me just what to expect when I’d ever wind up here. He regretted telling it to me after he spoke, and now I know why. Most of it had turned out to be true and he was afraid that he might have discouraged me. You could see that hidden bitterness in his eyes…”

Turning his thoughts towards home, he surmises, “…quite a bit must have happened by now back home. Anne must have had a baby… I’m sort of interested very much in finding out whether I have a niece or nephew in addition to the niece Stanley and I already have.”

On the 4th, Dad is writing from the Orderly Room where he is “…enjoying the refined pleasure of listening to the radio.” He mentions hearing Pat Munsel, the young girl, sing a semi-classical number…from Naughty Marietta.” It is interesting to note that this is the same Patrice Munsel who Stanley saw perform at Geiger Field in Washington two years earlier when she was only a locally known 18 year old singer from Spokane. Two years later she is recording popular music that is being played on the radio.

Clipping from The Journal, the base paper at Geiger Field, detailing the visit of local singer Patrice Munsel in June of 1943. At the time, Miss Munsel was 18 years old. The December after these photos were taken, Miss Munsel became the youngest person to ever star in a production at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

 

Noting that the 4th is a holiday, he mentions that it is “…no doubt a day of celebration back home, out here it is no different than any other day.” As if to underline the point, he writes that he still hasn’t received the package but holds out hope that he “…should get it soon as a lot of packages are coming in now.”

On the fourth he finally receives a letter from Stanley, commenting that “they don’t censor them in England anymore.” He wraps up, “It will be swell when we all can get together one of these days. That’s about all from here.”

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