Lt. Reichard’s WWII Diary – March 2, 1943
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January 1943 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, Ginnie, 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.
February 1943 Recap: The unit continues to be restless as they still haven’t any orders for overseas. The days are kept busy with lectures, physical demonstrations, and frequent hikes in the mountains above Boise. Lt. Reichard receives a promotion to Lieutenant First Class and continues to write to Ginnie back home, though her letters are becoming more infrequent. February 1943 comes to an end with the unit still feeling bored and discouraged.
Transcript of Diary Entry March 2, 1943
Tuesday, March 2, 1943
Gowen Fieid, Boise, Idaho
Ye gods if I stay here much longer I’m just going to have to discontinue this Diary. There just isn’t a damn thing to write. One thing is that it is cold as hell this morning and a good size gale is trying to blow Gowen Field off the map. I don’t know when I’ve felt a colder wind. It goes right through you no matter what you put on. The barracks shake as with the “Palsy.” I never did like these days. I received a letter from Larry Fritz today. He is back in the U.S in a hospital in North Carolina. He says he wishes he were back in Hawaii. I can’t say I blame him because almost any place is preferable to a G.I. hospital. I sure would like to see that boy again. We had a lot of fun together back at Sill. The usual lectures took up most of the morning and this afternoon I went out to the gym. Next week I think we will take a three day vacation and take the outfit on a camping tour. It will do us all good to get away for a while and do something. Tonight I went in town and had a few drinks. I’m getting so restless I can’t stay out at the field. I met Lt. Buckley from Ogden A.S.A.C. and he says he will be out tomorrow.
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The Day That Was: March 2, 1943
• In the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, U.S. Army and Australian aircraft bombed eight Japanese transports escorted by eight destroyers en route to Law, New Guinea. Aircraft and motor-torpedo-boat attacks continued until all transports and four destroyers were sunk. (http://www.blountweb.com/blountcountymilitary/wars/ww2/timelines/1943_ww2.htm)
• Germany began transporting Dutch Jews to the Sobibor concentration camp. (http://www.fsmitha.com/time1943.htm)
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