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Tagged With: Army Discharge

What I Cannot Understand

January 20, 1946. Stanley writes a letter to Dad from Albany. He acknowledges,“There is not much news from 382 Orange Street,” starting off with a weather report of “very cold weather. Last night it was about 3 below zero and at about midnight they said it would reach as low as 12 below zero late … Continue reading »

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The Beach Was Like a Graveyard

January 14 and 16, 1946. Dad writes a few letters home from Saipan where he reports that he is “fine but a little worried about the increasing grey hairs.” He asks that his family send him “…anything to stop me from losing my pigment further.”  He goes on to lament, “I sure hate to be … Continue reading »

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The Story on My Trip to Saipan

January 12, 1946. Dad writes from Saipan, having finally been shipped off of Guam.  He is not yet cleared for discharge, but it is clear that he has pretty much “checked out” and is simply putting in his time until the next points drop catches up with him and he heads home. His letter from … Continue reading »

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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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Christmas Won’t Be Christmas Until You Are Here

December 8 and 9, 1945. Stanley manages to write two letters in as many days. They are both rather short with details about life around the house and news about friends and neighbors who are home from the service. Saturday the eighth was a holy day of obligation, so Stanley went to church with pop … Continue reading »

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You Have Been There Long Enough

December 2, 1945. Stanley kicks off December with a three and a half page typewritten letter. He has pretty much taken over the letter writing duties from home since Anna is “quite busy with the two little ones”. Even so, Stanley writes that Anna has given him a note with “some ideas of what to … 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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