Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1943
There’s no record of the phone call my future grandfather requested. But I do know they got a chilly weekend in Chicago. The temperature had been -12. In warmer climes, the British were now 30 miles from Tripoli as Axis forces were beaten in tank battles. And the Yanks had captured Hill X on Guadalcanal. On the Home Front, draft officials were conduction a nationwide survey to determine how soon they might have to call up fathers. According to the article on page 2 of today’s Chicago Tribune, when married men with children are called, officials said, those with one child probably will be taken first. I think we can figure out how the proposed “Dad Draft” would affect couples with none or one.
Speaking of babies, with my future grandparents in Chicago for a visit, there won’t be letters for awhile but there will be plenty of new