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.  

26 August 45

Matzenbach.

My darling:

I sure wish I had something to write about. But there just isn’t one single thing to say. I’ve just laid around the last two days, except for this afternoon. I went to division and saw “Ship & Field” Program. It lasted for an hour and wasn’t too bad a program either.

Honey the last letter I have from you is the 8th of August and as there isn’t anything happening and you can’t find out anything. I just don’t have anything to write. We are all sweating out coming home or occupational duty. As yet we haven’t been told what to expect. If they would only tell us something everyone would feel better. They have officers still in this Battalion with 110 point. So my 74 sure looks small. And the enlisted men are over all between 60 point & 83 points. So you see this redeployment gives the E.M. the break, but I’m not going to hold that against them.

I sure hope I get to come home.

Betty I’m going to close. You know exactly what is on my mind. That is all I can think of now. Right now the army is “Kaput” as far as I'm concerned. Be good -

Do a little praying to get me home!

All my love

Jack


24 August 45

Matzenbach.

My darling;

I didn’t write last night honey and I don’t have any more to say tonight. As I have yet to receive a letter addressed to the 391st F.A. Maybe soon I’ll get one however.

The last two days we haven’t did anything. Sure wish something would happen. And not service practice. Janey can you give me Edwins and Richard’s address again. I’ve lost it again. And did you get the $100.00 money order I sent Monday?

Janey I sure wish I could get home before Xmas. There are rumors we may ship in either November or December. But the official date is still February. So anyway you look at it we should be together for our anniversary and your birthday.

Well darling, this is no letter but I got nothing to say. Be good darling. I’ll be home soon. All my love

Jack.


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

Jack

Let me know if you get the money order.