Friday, May 12, 1944
It’s official. My father is posted to Fitzsimons General Hospital in Denver. It will be a long drive from here so, we’ll have to hit the road Sunday. Yes, it’s Mothers Day. But we’ll have at least five days on the road because we have to stop early enough each day to find a place to stay. So now my parents are reading up on our destination. This hospital was founded in 1918, since WWI. It was named for Lieutenant William T Fitzsimons, the first American medical officer killed in that war. Now it will serve the same function. We read yesterday about the 707 Americans rescued from a Japanese prisoner of war camp in New Guinea. Some Sikhs who were freed described a forced march to the camp. Along the way they saw Chinese men nailed to palm trees by metal spikes driven through their foreheads.