Saturday, Nov.18, 1944
Grandpa, at least, has taken the imminent deployment in stride. His letter from early this week caught up with us here: “I found your telegram under the store’s door when I came in this morning and the two letters one of which was an air mail. So, you’re back to Illinois again. You know Miss June Kelly, who was bribed to frame the undercover author, hails from Marion, IL. Barred from the house table by her father and her family almost shunned by the townspeople.” June Kelly is at the center of the sedition trial of Nazi collaborators who plotted to establish a Nazi state in the USA. The thirteen men on trial include George Sylvester Viereck whose friend, Edwin Banta, was a secret member of the German American Bund posing as a violent anti-Nazi infiltrated anti-Nazi organizations until he was unmasked by Arthur Derounian, author of Under Cover writing under the pen name John Roy Carlson. Banta gave Miss Kelly a $1000 bribe to accuse Derounian of rape. Banta is now in jail.