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.  

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


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


Matzenbach, Germ

13 Aug 45

My darling:

Only a short letter tonight. And most of that will be about our move. We left Frankfurt at 08:30 Sunday morning and came down here a distance at 150 miles and arrived here by 7:00 P.M. last night. There wasn’t a single event on the whole trip. This town is south of Crailsheim which is north east of Stuttgart. Hope you can find this on the map.

Betty I’m having so much more happier time in this battery than in Headquarters 489th. It is a relief to get away from a headquarters. I sure don’t miss Shirley or Milner. Schwarz is very happy too.

Our house we are in isn’t very good, so we found a new one in town this afternoon, so we are moving into this house tomorrow. The main reason for moving is that the house has running water and a bath tub. Well tomorrow we will know if we made a good deal or not. I’ll let you know.

Well Janey if the Jap’s should give up I should get out of the army. How do you feel about it all. Please write and let me know just what you think about your after-war plans. Please.

Well good night honey. Please be good and I sure wish I was going to bed now - with you.

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.