Lt. Reichard’s WWII Diary – February 21, 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.
Transcript of Diary Entry February 21, 1943
Sunday, February 21, 1943
Gowen Fieid, Boise, Idaho
Believe it or not I got up this morning and went to church. I’m not kiddin! I’ve been planning on doing that ever since I first came here but just put it off and off. It’s the first time I’ve been to church since the week before I graduated from O.C.S. at Warren. Today it looks like the end of the good weather we have had for the past two weeks. It’s been just about freezing but its a dry cold and you go around with only a light jacket on and it’s open. The sky has been clear and the sun warm. This morning was clear but now the sky is overcast with some bad looking clouds. Well it looks like we are still being pushed back in N. Africa. It looks bad to me. Our inexperience is beginning to show up. This evening I went in town and picked up Maud. You haven’t met her. She’s cute, brunette, and 105 lbs and that is placed where it should be. She is definitely the type that makes little boys leave home and promptly forget what their mothers taught them. We went to dinner then saw a show then to the Boise Club for a drink and dance.
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The Day That Was: February 21, 1943
• Convoy ON-166 (60 ships) sailing from Britain to North America was attacked in the North Atlantic by 19 U-boats from wolfpacks Ritter and Knappen between the Feb. 21 and 26. Fourteen allied ships were lost for 87,901 tons, while four U-boats—U-225, U-606, U-529 and U623—were sunk during the battle. (http://www.worldwar-2.net/timelines/war-at-sea/atlantic/battle-of-the-atlantic-index-1943.htm)
• The German submarine U-225 was sunk by the Coast Guard cutter USS Spencer (PG-36) in the North Atlantic. (http://www.blountweb.com/blountcountymilitary/wars/ww2/timelines/1943_ww2.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