Lt. Reichard’s WWII Diary – February 20, 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, 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.

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Transcript of Diary Entry   February 20, 1943

Saturday,  February 20, 1943

Gowen Fieid, Boise, Idaho

I thought I might be a little stiff this morning because that climb yesterday was a pretty rugged one, however, I felt like a million dollars. I got up at seven and had breakfast then went over to the office. There was a teletype there which said that our equipment shortage would be completed at our home station. Well I wish some son of a bitch at headquarters would make up his mind. It looks like we are going to be home for a long time. Why in the hell don’t they take us off this alert then. I’d like a furlough and this sitting around is damned hard on my nerves. I like action and plenty of it. Well we had an inspection of the barracks today and those boys are really getting it down pat. We found one button, unbuttoned and one man had a shoe out of line and we went over the barracks with a fine toothed comb. Sgt. Eggleston took a crew over to 921 and just about finished up the job of packing. This evening I called Marie and we went to a show then up to the Boise club. The show was damn good. I came on out about twelve-thirty. There sure was a gorgeous moon out and I was aching for a cute redhead by the name of Ginnie.

Good Night

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The Day That Was: February 20, 1943

• In the United States, studio executives agreed to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies. (http://www.fsmitha.com/time1943.htm)

• The Japanese destroyer Oshio and a patrol vessel were sunk by the submarine USS Albacore (SS-218) north of Manus in the Admiralty Islands. The Albacore would be lost on Nov. 7, 1944, with the loss of 86 officers and men when it was sunk in the channel between the Japanese Islands of Hokkaido and Honshu. (http://www.blountweb.com/blountcountymilitary/wars/ww2/timelines/1943_ww2.htm)

• The Afrikakorps, taking a beating from Allied forces, halted further offensive operations in Tunisia and withdrew to the Mareth line. (http://www.feldgrau.com/february.html)

Production Credits:
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