July 15, 1943: My Life in the Service

July 15 – Just another day with two exceptions. No. 1 (in order of least imp.) The Profs. Have decided to simplify Physics. Now I’m not in the least worried. No. 2 – Got a letter from Mona with several old notes from Hi School. How funny they were! Continue reading

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July 13, 1943: My Life in the Service

July 13 – Just another day. Went to school & had History & Geography for the first time. The Geo. Prof. seems to be a lecherous old B., but interesting. The Hist. Prof. is young and seems to be a darn good teacher. I’m right pleased with both of them. Continue reading

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July 12, 1943: My Life in the Service

Monday, July 12th. Well, well, well – I’m a college student again. From 8-10 I had P.T. I did 12 push-ups. Jumped 92 in. & swam 50 yards in 46.6. In 9 months I should improve a helluva lot. Maybe I’ll get a physique!!!! Had algebra, English, Physics & chemistry. All seem like fun except Physics. I might flunk that if I don’t watch out. Was broke all day & had to bum cigs from strangers. Continue reading

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July 11, 1943: My Life in the Service

Sunday, July 11th. Didn’t get up until about 12. Ate and dashed down-town to see Cab Calloway. He was grand, but his show wasn’t too good. He sang “Minnie the Moocher” & “St. James Infirmary.” Continue reading

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July 10, 1943: My Life in the Service

My day off – and I didn’t have enough sense to really enjoy it. What I’d give to have the money to go where I want to! Hildegarde is at the Big Hotel here. Gee, how I want to see her. But do I know how to even go about it? No! Continue reading

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July 9th, 1943: My Life in the Service

A.M. What fun we had this morn. The co. fell out & “drilled.” It was a mess. Our Co. C.O. was a sad SAAC. He got so unbearable that the entire 320 men were booing & laughing every time he opened his mouth. He tried to teach me to salute, but I still don’t know. Finish up the day’s experience to-nite. It will be damn dull since I’m broke & can’t go anywhere. Continue reading

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July 8th, 1943: W. T. Jack—My Life in the Service

Two things happened to-day. Neither of much importance. I got my text books. I got a letter from Lois. The texts are all big, heavy and look tough, but will probably be easy. The letter was mailed the 30th of June – just about one week from the time she got my letter from Auburn. She said that she wrote to me while I was at home (?). Also that Francis didn’t say a thing about a telegram. Oh Fine! Now we are back right where we started. And as usual I am in the wrong. Quoting the immortal words of Donald Duck – “Phooey.” I bought Van Loon’s “Story of Mankind.” It seems to be very good. My sadly neglected history is falling back into place.

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July 7, 1943—W.T. Jack: My Life In the Service

Well – I am now a student of B.U. We registered today. Two or 3 Cols & several (-unreadable-) made speeches & entire “student body” had to sing the B.U. Alma Mater. What nonsense! Continue reading

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July 6, 1943—W.T. Jack: My Life In Service

July 6, 1943

I shall begin with my first furlough-Jne 3rd, 1943. I went by bus from Elgin Fld, Fla. I hate to say it, but I almost wish I hadn’t gone. Conditions at home still bad—worse, even. None of the gang were there—only the Hamils—and now I loved to see them. When sweet Patsy threw her arms around my neck I nearly cried. Even Petey “hugged my neck.” Of course, Mona was as lovely and wonderful as ever. D.J. Rogers was back for a visit & I enjoyed seeing her. All the Holmans were together for the last time in a long time. They treated me like a little tin Jesus (but don’t they always?) I went on to Austin, and how thrilled I was to see the place again. Seeing Bill again brought a lump to my throat. The only thing worthwhile in this world are friends, and I have the best. Continue reading

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Introduction: W.T. Jack: My Life In the Service

My favorite hangout is a small semi-private forum and one of my “invisible friends” hosts a diary thread where they transcribe pages from old diaries. Forum members often confirm places, people and events mentioned in the diaries, and it’s a wonderful way to look at history through the eyes of ordinary people. Reading these forums got me thinking about that old diary, so I hunted it down.  I recall putting it in a drawer years ago to keep it safe, but I had never read it. As I read, I saw that young Pvt. Jack displayed so many of the traits that stayed with him into adulthood. No doubt, this man is my “Papa”. Continue reading

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