Lt. Reichard’s WWII Diary – February 12, 1943
Lt. Reichard’s WWII Diary Project and Recap: On January 1, 2009, WorthPoint began a three year project following the life of a WWII soldier through the daily pages of his diary. To read about the inception of this project, or to add your own comments, click here.
Recap: We first met Lt. Reichard in January, stationed at McClellan Air Base in Sacramento, where he was in charge of a motor pool unit. Expecting to be sent overseas, their orders were changed and they became restless to see action. Lt. Reichard’s sweetheart, Ginny, would write frequently, and he would go to dinner and movies with local girls – Dorothy, in Sacramento, and Marie, when the unit moved to Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho. The men have spent their days in lectures, and physical demonstrations to try to keep sharp mentally and physically. But they are getting increasingly restless.
Transcript of Diary Entry February 12, 1943
Friday, February 12, 1943
Gowen Fieid, Boise, Idaho
Today was one I won’t forget for quite a while. I don’t know when I have enjoyed myself more. We left for the mountains about nine. I had borrowed three trucks from the 1778th and sandwiches from the mess hall. Boy did I get hell from the mess officer there. He said I messed up his whole day by my requesting sandwiches that late. All he had to do was say he couldn’t get us them and nothing more would have been said. Well we started up for Arrow Rock Dam. I was taking pictures so making stops along the way.
The convoy turned off to go to the dam and of course Ray who was way behind didn’t see them and kept straight. I chased him for twenty miles before I caught up with him in Idaho City which was buried under 18 ft. of snow. We came on back to the dam. It’s a beautiful thing. We went on back up into the mountains and had a wonderful time. We sure hit some stiff climbs. We got up about eight thousand feet. It was fun coming down. We sat on our shelter half and slid down. You go so fast it takes your breath away. For thrills any day just slide for half a mile down a thousand foot drop at forty miles an hour on a shelter half of course with a pack and rifle on your back to make it interesting. We got in about five. We must have seen 200 deer and they were quite tame.
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The Day That Was: February 12, 1943
• German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and Gen. Hans-Jurgen von Arnim’s forces launched a counterattack against the American 2nd Corps in central Tunisia, forcing them back in some disarray. (http://www.worldwar-2.net/timelines/war-in-the-desert/war-in-the-desert-index-1943.htm)
Gen. Hans-Jurgen von Arnim (Public Domain)
Diary transcription: Kathleen Long
Diary photos: Claudia Forbes
Video production: Alison Harder
Narration: Mountain VIsta H.S. Theater Department
Jeremy Goldson, Department Chair; Sean McGill – voice of Lt. Reichard