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.
January 1943 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.
February 1943 Recap: The unit continues to be restless as they still haven’t any orders for overseas. The days are kept busy with lectures, physical demonstrations, and frequent hikes in the mountains above Boise. Lt. Reichard receives a promotion to Lieutenant First Class and continues to write to Ginnie back home, though her letters are becoming more infrequent. February 1943 comes to an end with the unit still feeling bored and discouraged.
Sunday, March 7, 1943
Gowen Fieid, Boise, Idaho
I slept until nine then figured I’d better get over to the office to see that things were in order in case the visiting general who is the new commander of the Second Air Force happened to take a notion to look us over. After dinner the men took the exam on first aid and Military sanitation. It was a rough one and took most of the men a couple hours to finish. When they finished I picked off a couple of men and had them move me to my new barracks. That’s the end of my single room and Im going to miss it a hell of a lot. I never did like living with anyone and don’t like it any more now. This evening I went in town with Lt. ________ and saw the “Gowen Field Review” at the flight school. It was an excellent performance. Admission was from one Twenty-five dollar bond on up and the auditorium was packed. One thing sure can be said about these Boise people and that is they are patriotic. After the show we went up to the Boise Club for a few drinks. We came on out to the field early because I was pretty tired. Oh yes! I sent in a quarterly payment on my income tax today. That hurts..
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The Day That Was: March 7, 1943
• On the Eastern Front, the 4th Panzer Army was shifted slightly westward and attacked northeast from around Krasnograd, linking up with the SS Panzer Corps. (http://www.onwar.com/chrono/1943/mar1943/f07mar43.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