Lt. Reichard’s WWII Diary – January 20, 1943
by Alison Harder (01/20/09).
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 20, 1943 Diary Page (click to enlarge)
Transcript of diary entry January 20, 1943
Wednesday, January 20, 1943
Gowen Fieid, Boise, Idaho
Well things sure are quiet now. There is practically nothing to do. I have K_____ and Eggelston giving lectures on sanitation, first aid, and I’m giving some on map reading. We will also carry on a review of all basic military just to refresh our minds. We won’t be ready to go until about the tenth of next month because of our equipment. Capt. Johnson finally arrived about five o’clock this evening so I had dinner with him and we talked over the situation and old timers as well. I had a date with Marie so I left him about eight and went in.
Today has certainly showed a change in weather. The wind came out of the South and it started to rain. This took all the snow off the ground in a few hours. The ground began to thaw and by this evening there was nothing but mud everywhere. It’s a mess. The thermometer must have run up to close to fifty and it seems like a spring day. Tonight was almost as warm. Marie and I went to see a show and really enjoyed it. “Stand By for Action” with Robert Taylor and a damn good supporting cast. After the show we went for a drive to use up some gas as tomorrow is the last time the old book is good and she wanted to fill the tank. It felt good to drive a car again. I got in around 12:30 and went to bed.
• Daylight raids over southeast England by the Luftwaffe included bombing a school in London, killing 44 children and one teacher. (http://www.fortunecity.co.uk/meltingpot/oxford/330/time.html#1943)
• The destroyer escort USS Brennan (DE-13) was commissioned at Mare Island, Calif. This was the first ship of this type to be placed in commission. (http://www.blountweb.com/blountcountymilitary/wars/ww2/timelines/1943_ww2.htm)
• Chile’s government saw the handwriting on the wall. It severed diplomatic relations with Germany, Italy and Japan. (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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