Lt. Reichard’s WWII Diary February 13, 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 13, 1943
Saturday, February 13, 1943
Gowen Fieid, Boise, Idaho
This afternoon I heard some news that should be interesting. A Colonel and two Captains are due in tonight and are going to inspect us tomorrow. They are from the Inspector General’s office in Washington so it looks rough. Ye Gods won’t they ever let us alone and send us over. Well I called the men together and told each man his classification number and his ______ job as far as the company was concerned. This, in case they start asking too many questions I want the men to answer as though they know. We then checked over all our records thoroughly. I think we are ready but won’t feel safe until they are gone tomorrow. This sure was a busy place today. I took an hour off after things looked clear and went over to the gym and got my daily work out. One thing I’ve learned here and that is how to punch a bag pretty hard. This evening I met Marie and we went over and picked up Ray & Helen. We went to see “Casablanca” and it was very good. After the show we went up to the Boise Club to dance and have a couple drinks. I picked up the pictures I took on Friday’s jaunt into the mountains. They turned out very good for an amateur. Someday I’m really going to enjoy looking over my pictures.
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The Day That Was: February 13, 1943
• Marine Fighter Squadron 124 (VMF 124), know as Death’s Head Squadron, made the first operational use of the Vought F4U Corsair aircraft during an escort mission attacking Bougainville. The morning before, the squadron arrived on Guadalcanal and flew their first mission before lunch that day with 12 F4Us escorting a PBY Catalina on a 230-mile mission to pick up two downed pilots at Sandfly Bay, Vella Lavella. (http://www.century-of-flight.net/Aviation%20history/aviation%20timeline/1943.htm)
Courtesy: US National Archives
• U. S. planes attacked Japanese shore positions and shipping in the Shortland Island area of the Solomons. The attack was opposed by 45 enemy Zeros and heavy anti-aircraft fire. U.S. planes shot down eight Zeros and scored a bomb hit on an enemy cargo ship. Four U.S. planes were shot down by enemy planes, and two were destroyed by enemy anti-aircraft fire. (http://www.ibiblio.org/pha/comms/1943-02.html)
• There was a German assault on Sidi Bou Zid, Tunisia, as Gen. Dwight Eisenhower visited the front. (http://timelines.ws/20thcent/1943.HTML)
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