Lt. Reichard’s WWII Diary – January 15, 1943
by Alison Harder (01/15/09).
Introduction by Will Seippel, CEO – WorthPoint.com Lt. Reichard began writing a diary on January 1, 1943. In February, he bought a camera and began taking some photos. For the next three years, he wrote almost every day. When I started reading his diary, I thought it should be shared and that perhaps WorthPoint’s community of collectors, people like me who are intrigued by the past, might find the diary as fascinating as I did. (To read Will Seippel’s entire introduction, click here)
January 15, 1943 Diary Page
Newspaper Clipping inserted in Diary on January 15, 1943
Transcript of diary entry January 15, 1943
Friday, January 15, 1943
Gowen Fieid, Boise, Idaho
Tonight at midnight just after I came in a flash five miles to the south told of the death of nine kids just out of school with the polish still gleaming from the bars on their shoulders. They never got to see a Jap. A B17 heavy bomber just didn’t get back from a collision. One did. I guess you have to learn to accept those things but its pretty rough on parents.
I don’t know what held my mail up, getting to Virginia, but she didn’t get the news about me going across until Jan 5. I sent a Air Mail special on the 20th of Dec and two air mails following and they all got there the same time. She sent an airmail special on the fifth and I got it yesterday. When she writes a letter like that one it sure makes me want to go east. She is a pretty wonderful little creature. I also got a letter from Dottie. My conscience hurts me a little there because I shouldn’t have let that get so serious but we had so much fun together. I could see breaking it off completely and that is how it would have to be done. Today I called Sacramento and got no help. I’ll have to wait for Capt. Johnson to get here. Our stuff seems to be scattered all over the U.S.
Today I took up boxing. The have an ex-pro who instructs boxing here. This is a rough old codger and took a great deal of delight in knocking my head loose from my shoulders. I can hold my own in wrestling but boxing has always been my weak spot. I’ll learn some time. I went in town to a show tonight. It was only fair. I came out about midnight.
• Acting on assurances from Hermann Göring that it could be done, Adolf Hitler called for the daily delivery of 300 tons of supplies to the trapped VI Army in Stalingrad. While 300 tons would meet the needs of the men on the ground, it was far beyond what the Luftwaffe could accomplish. (http://history.howstuffworks.com/world-war-ii/russian-army-repels-hitlers-forces13.htm)
• The British started an offensive aimed at taking Tripoli, Libya. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_World_War_II_(1943))
• U.S. Navy and Marine aircraft from Henderson Field attacked nine Japanese destroyers off Guadalcanal, damaging two. (http://www.blountweb.com/blountcountymilitary/wars/ww2/timelines/1943_ww2.htm)
• Work was completed on the Pentagon, headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense in Arlington, Va.
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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