Thursday, Sept. 16, 1943
“Thanks for the advice about the baby, Ma,” Lois wrote today. “If you have any other ideas which you learned from experience, pass them along. So far, Susie doesn’t show any tendency to put her fingers in her mouth. Instead, she waves them around. As for the right hand and left hand, it will be a long time before anything can be observed.” In Europe the Fifth Army clung to its beachhead as the Nazi drive in Salerno stalled. It was a supreme test for Lt. General Mark Clark. A more sober mood was spreading as Secretary of the Treasury Henry L. Morgenthau lashed out against “this foolish childish overoptimism.” In fact, he revealed, the conquest of Sicily had incurred huge losses of men and materiel. The current $15,000,000,000 Third War Loan, he warned, would not be the last.