My Blog - Inspired By My Pictures

Years ago I heard the advice, "Don't take pictures while on vacation, just focus on the experience."  This turned out to be terrible guidance for me.  In my late 30s I started taking more pictures.  This activity helps to cement memories that would otherwise be lost whether on vacation or just going somewhere on the weekend.  In this blog I share the memories and stories inspired by my pictures.  

20 August 45

Matzenback, Germ.

My darling:

One of the boys from the 489th came over today and brought me a lot of mail. It really seemed good too. But tonight honey I’m not going to try to answer your questions on any of your remarks.

Enclosed you will find a $100.00 money order - to be put in the saving acct - that should make us $1,500.00 in that. Not bad is it honey. Wish we had ten times that much. The reason I said savings was to get in an even amount. Also honey I was not paid for July so I’ll have plenty coming at the end of this month, so I’ll probably be sending you some more. Honey we aren’t doing too bad financial now are we Janey.

It rained again today. The first good day I’m going to go out and see what I can find to do. Shelton runs his battery a lot different than I been use to and therefore will make some changes when he leaves. All day today we stayed in the house and just looked at each other. We did play a fun game of hearts. They are playing hearts right now, only I got out, and I’m going to bed.

There are two officers in this battery a Captain White, who is a lawyer and a Lieutenant Merritt a Ohio State Graduate in accounting. So the three of us have quite a time together.

Well honey that's all for tonight.

All my love


Let me know if you get the money order.

17 August 45

Matzenbach, Germ.

Sunday P.M.

My darling:

I guess there won’t be any mail this afternoon. I sure wish I could get some. I did get a couple the other day 22nd & 29th of July. What was the idea of your picture on the stationary? Where is the rest of the picture?

Now comes another thing. Farrell got a Bronze Star at the same time Fred Maye got his. They were issued after VJ day and both were for meritorious service, the same as I got mine. In regards to Farrell getting one for heroism that is completely new to me. But regardless of that fact Fred & Lee have the Bronze Star.

Now in regards to Fred or Lee either one of them have no chance for a majority as long as they are in the 7th. All promotions were frozen in units returning to the states, and only those that were scheduled for the Pacific or to occupy could promote. Now all promotions are frozen & neither Lee or Fred held a position in which they were entitled to promotion, so if anyone tells you that their recommendations had gone forward, you know the real story.

Betty I may sound critical at times, but why write your wife, of all people, and try to build yourself up. That seems to be what Farrell tries to do all the time. I have never told you one lie, I never intended to give you any misinformation so don’t take my remark too critical or in a manner in which you could think I was jealous of Farrell. My true & personal opinion of both Lee & Clem is to keep my distance from both. I really don’t care for either of them. As for Fred & Rena. I like both of them and would rather have you associate with Rena a thousand times to Clem. Enough of that.

Betty you don’t seem to be answering any of my questions or remarks in my letters. What’s the matter, no comment?

In about a week. That will be the end of all. All I want to do now is the minimum supply work and anything to lead to more comfort for everyone and get home to you. And when I do get there I will never leave again. I’ll never go away without you again darling. It’s been almost 16 months since we been together. A long time isn’t it Janey. Too damn long. Somehow we got to make up for all this. Any suggestions.

Well darling I guess this will be the end of this letter to the best girl I know in this world, and lets pray & hope that somehow we can get back together and live a normal life as man & wife.

All my love


Yes Janey I’m lonesome.

17 Aug 45


My darling;

I dated my V-mail incorrectly yesterday, so you got two letters dated the 16th.

Janey I haven’t done a single thing all day. Got up at Seven-thirty and went to breakfast. All morning we sat around talking about nothing in particular. And this afternoon I slept until now. It 4:00 P.M. with all this time on my hands. I think too much about home and on top of that, my mail isn’t coming thru at all. I haven’t received a letter for over a week so when I do, I’ll get a bunch of letters.

I wrote Aunt Ruth a letter yesterday so she will probably tell you about it. Let me know if she received it.

Betty I don’t think you better send me any Xmas packages. I am not sure where I will be so the best thing to do is have my Xmas at home regardless when I do get there. Honey I wish I was home now. What do you think?

Captain Shelton still hasn’t received any orders. He sure is sweating it out. He has 98 points. Capt Carpenter, 440th now 67th, is applying for regular army. What about that?

Well darling I can’t think of any more. I do anything to be home, this army now is driving me crazy. Say hello to everyone -

All my love


About Me

I'm a father and a husband with a love for learning.  Follow me on Instagram where I'm saginther.  I've started multiple podcasts including Letters from the Past, showcasing historical narratives through correspondence.