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.  

10 Aug 45

South of Frankfurt

My darling;

Do you think the war with Japan is over. I hope so. Then I can come home to you. Return to normal life. And if this war is over, and I return to civilian life I’m going to be a father soon, and you a mother. Now isn’t that right. This time you better answer this question.

A few pictures I took in Heidelberg, you have the negatives at home.

Betty I am so much happier in this battery. The officers are Capt White, Battalion Motor officer, a Lt. Paris, Lt Merret, Schwartz, Harmon and Hall plus Shelton & myself. A lot of officers but none of them run around in German girls except George. So it makes a good group each night.

It is rained for four straight days now and we are supposed to move Sunday down near Hall, West of Heidelberg.

Be good darling, I love you so much, I should love to hold you tonight. I bet I dream of you tonight, I’ve thought of you so much -

All my love

Jack


9 Aug 1945

South of Frankfurt

(I’m closer to there now)

My darling;

Remember I said the 391st wanted a supply officer, well I’m it. I was transferred to them this morning. So my new address is Service Battery, 391st A.F.A. Battalion, A.P.O #253. Geo Schwarz is in this battery and many of my men are here too, so actually honey I like it much better than the 67th Field.

Yesterday I didn’t do anything until the evening, when they had an officer party at the 67th. At the event they showed the show “Something for the boys” It was a very poor show. This morning I spent reading American History, for want to do something. At eleven I was called in and told to report to the 391st. So this afternoon I spent doing that.

This evening Captain Shelton and myself went to the show. Saw “When the Angels Sing” It seemed to be a better show than last night, but still not to very good. Betty Hutton made this whole show.

Well darling this is about all for now. I’m so happy to get away from Headquarters. It is always something around there, Now I’m in Service I got my own men, responsible only to me, nobody else. And with Russia fighting Japan and the new Atomic Bomb, things can’t last too long. Be good darling - I love you so.

All my love

Jack

I’m writing this sitting in a soft chair and it makes my writing worse. You can send packages to me again.


7 August

Just south of Frankfurt

On Route #3

My darling:

Betty I miss you terribly tonight. I think I would do anything to be home in your arms. I just don’t know what to do with myself. Please write often cause I’m going to have to depend on you for plenty now.

Well here is the dope as much as I can find out. This is a category (21 two unit, which means return to the states, when transportation available and reserve for the Pacific war. Thus I may stay out of the Pacific. And at present they think this division will go home in February or March 1946. Now that is nothing positive, it is only an estimate. My present assignment is Liason officer, some job. Bill Z. had in 489th. And in non-combat duty there is nothing to do. And I haven’t got one single job to do. But here is the catch, The Battalion needs a personnel officer and the 391st has two. The 391st has no supply officer so I may be sent to the 391st. I saw Capt. Shelton, who broke in supply the same time I did today. Recalled many events of Capt. Winters and at Camp Polk. I should know in a couple days if I’m going to be transferred.

The officers you know that came with me are Major Stump and Captain Donovan. Both are very happy with their assignments. A major is the Battalion commander so will have to put up with some petty things until he makes Lt. Colonel.

Milner is in the 1st Armored, so Shirley, “Little Jesus” in Battalion Co. And was he ever flying high. Well we shall see what happens over there. I try and keep contacts with both units.

Be good darling - I love you so much and know that I've been very poor about writing this past two weeks but will be getting better again now. I’m all thru playing - Say hello to everyone - Good night darling

All my love

Jack


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.