Monthly Archives: April 2016

Zoot suit Army uniform

Sunday, April 30, 1944 Get a load of these funny jokes! There’s no Sunday paper here, which means no comics. So my mother is reading aloud the jokes in the Carlisle Barracks “Medical Officer” my father sent: “She: With all … Continue reading

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More groans from Grunts

Saturday, April 29, 1944 In his letter, my father sent the April 23 issue of the Carlisle Barracks Medical Officer. My favorite column is “Calling 98”airing the latest complaints. Most are about food: “Dear “98,” Why can’t we get seconds … Continue reading

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“…this damn Bivouac…”

Friday, April 28, 1944 “No rest today. 3 exams tomorrow. Everything is going fine as far as the exams are concerned if only this damn Bivouac were called off,” my father wrote in the letter we just got. “But today … Continue reading

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“I have no nails left!”

Thursday, April 27, 1944 Will we go or will we stay? Today my mother wrote to my father: “I have been thinking hard and I always come out the same place. I want to go back to Carlisle with you.” … Continue reading

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“I miss you, dammit!”

Wednesday, April 26, 1944 Today my mother and I sat on the back stairs together while she wrote to my father. “How are your exams coming? If you don’t make summa cum laude, I’ll tell Susie on you.” That’s a … Continue reading

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China under siege

Tuesday, April 25, 1944 Today Grandma took me for a walk. She stopped to talk with lots of people along the way, including the wife of the Chinese laundryman near her store. The woman told my Grandma about the Japanese … Continue reading

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Ronald Reagan and Shere Khan

Monday, April 24, 1944 Good news: my mother came down for breakfast! Bad news: the suitcases are out again. So far, though, no signs of packing. Are we going to my grandma’s in New York? Going back to Carlisle Barracks? … Continue reading

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