Lt. Reichard’s WWII Diary – February 3, 1943
by Alison Harder (02/03/09).
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.
February 3, 1943 Diary Page (click to enlarge)
Transcript of diary entry February 3, 1943
Wednesday, February 3, 1943
Gowen Fieid, Boise, Idaho
This morning there was a letter from the War Department addressed to 1st Lt. Raymond P. Seitz. I gave it to one of the men and we set a watch out for Ray. This watch let us know when he came in so as he walked up the stairs we all sang “Happy First to you.” Then a short presentation speech and handed him his commission. Of course we made him give us a speech. He was more excited then when he got his wife. This really came in fast as his recommendation went in three weeks after mine and papers came back ten days after mine. Then he went up to the P.X. and bought a box of cigars.
This afternoon we went over to the gym and practiced Jiu-Jitsu for a couple hours. We don’t have much to work on except what that Sergeant showed us and what we can pick up from a book but we can work on these. After that we had our free for all and really got a workout. F____________ got hit in the head and was sent to the hospital. I was relieved to hear that it was from an old injury he had not told us about and not because we were too rough. He has had this trouble before but never said anything. He may be just on limited service. This evening I went to a show on the Post. It was good. “The Immortal Sergeant.” After the show I went in town to the Boise club. I met a mining engineer who could tell some interesting stories. His mine is in the northern part of the state and its beautiful country.
U.S. Attorney General Francis Biddle (left) established prohibited zones forbidden to enemy aliens. German, Italian and Japanese aliens were ordered to leave waterfront areas across the U.S. Eastern seaboard and the West Coast. (U.S. National Archives)
The Day That Was: February 3, 1943
• U.S. Attorney General Francis Biddle established prohibited zones forbidden to enemy aliens. German, Italian and Japanese aliens were ordered to leave waterfront areas across the Eastern seaboard and the West Coast. (http://www.dkosopedia.com/wiki/1943)
• Hitler’s government could not hide its defeat at Stalingrad. German radio announced three days of mourning for the German troops who died there. A government directive ordered journalists to put a special spin on the loss. Rather than the result of Hitler’s mistakes, the defeat at Stalingrad was to be described “as an example of the highest heroism and complete willingness to sacrifice for the victory of the German people.” (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
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