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.  

17 Aug 45

Matzenbach

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

Jack


16 Aug 45

Matzenbach, Germ.

My darling;

Only a short letter tonight darling as there hasn’t been one single thing happen today. I did my first supply work by turning in a vehicle today. That took all morning. This afternoon we just sat around and did nothing. Tomorrow being a holiday for us, because of VJ day, there wont’ be anything for us to do.

I’m still waiting to see what will happen to me now that all the wars are over. Regardless what it is I want to come home & live with you or take you with me as we did before. Be good darling - I’m very much in love with you - All my love

Jack


15 August 45

Matzenbach, Germ.

My darling:

Well honey it is all over. It really don’t seem possible. Thank god I out lived this war, but Janey many of times I thought it was all over for me. I really hope I never have to go thru anything like this again.

I felt pretty good today about the war until I heard the home broadcast this morning. And the comments made about the war being over made me so damn mad I turned off the radio. Captains Shelton & White felt the same as I did. It was a actually a disgrace the way they acted. I sure hope you were home and not in Chicago or with Clem. There were too many people killed over here to have everyone go out and have a new year celebration over it. All we did which I really thought was proper was had a shot (ten minutes) church service and all the officers had one drink after that and the toast was that we hope our children never get into an affair like this. Now we all are hoping to get out of this army. And the idea on how it should be done is the point system with nobody declared essential. I really hope I’m home by Xmas. But don’t plan on that honey.

Janey I’m so damn blue again tonight. I wish I was ordered home tonight. I want to be with you. You now & always.

For the last two days we haven’t did anything. And as it rained today everyone stayed at home. Maybe activity will pick up now.

We moved down to the house with the bath tub yesterday and it is a much nicer house. Everyone is more satisfied. I’ve really got a nice soft bed with sheets and I’m sleeping in pajamas again. I’m trying to teach myself how to be a civilian.

Betty, two days ago I asked you what your post war plans are. Now honey seriously I want to know exactly what you want me to do & what you want to do. Please be frank on this. I know this is a funny thing to ask but I really want to know. So let me have it now, please. I think you know what is my plan but if there is some difference I want to get it straighten out now. Do you want to be an Army wife, shall I return to Bordens, should I go back to school. Or should we be farmers, just what are your plans.

Be good darling. I hope somehow I get home soon. I need you very very much -

All my love

Jack