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.  

8 July 45

Germ.

My darling:

Again not much new news to write about. I’m still in the division, but this idea of being alerted to move at any time certainly isn’t any good.

Yesterday I got disgusted with the whole thing. I got in my jeep and made a circle around the area. I went to Manheim and Heidelburg again. Heidelberg is a beautiful city and it is not hurt at all.

Janey I’m not sure what is in store for me but I surely wish that whatever it is, it happens soon. I would rather get occupation than to go to the Pacific. But again I want to see you so bad. Every day I spend away from you seems too damn long, and especially now that there is just nothing to do.

I’ve got about $180.00 in my pocket now. I am sweating out a pass to someplace. Sure wish they would send me to Paris or Riviera in France.

Be good darling I miss you a terrible lot.

All my love

Jack.

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7 July 45

Waldhausen

Germ.

My darling;

Another couple days have passed and I’m still in the division, but I’m looking to leave any day.

Had another plane ride today. Davis took me up to 7300 feet and when you get that high you really can’t see an awful lot. It also was the first time I was above the clouds. And honey that sure is a very queer sight. When we came down to 2000 feet we hit a rain storm. All in all it was very interesting.

The division had a ball game against the 158th Armored division today, and they chose us to represent the division. And to be sure we won the game. This battalion has not lost a single ballgame this season.

Honey I can’t think of a thing more to write about. I’m sorry, but this will have to be all. I miss you terrible, hope I see you soon.

All my love

Jack


4 July 45

Wallhausen

My darling:

You can see by the new heading, we have moved again. Now if you have a map maybe this will help you locate me. Take Route 27 out of Wurzburg going south-east toward Heidelberg. About half way to Heidelberg you will find a town name Buchen. Well I’m about seven miles south of 27 out of Buchen. I hope you have a map. This town is a peasant town. And very dirty and not a thing to do. Everyone will go crazy in this town.

It was certainly a long trip down here. Took two days and then yesterday I had to go find one of my tanks. I back tracked 79 miles to find it. My face is quite burned from all this too.

I been so cold the last two days that you have to have a fire to keep warm. Write now I’m in the kitchen writing and tending the fire.

Milner ran an officer school for three weeks for Division when we were at Halle. Now that he is back he is ten times harder to get along with. I would welcome a transfer. I’m afraid I’m going to get one too. I’ll know before the end of the week, I hope.

I had to put Schwartz on duty at the office mess all the time now. Milner demands so much.

Hellman is popping your corn tonight. I can smell it and I’m getting very hungry.

Honey this is a hell-of-a-way to spend the 4th of July. I hope next year that all wars are over and that I’m home with you for good.

Be good darling - I miss you. And I’m hoping every day to see you soon -

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.