Lt. Reichard’s WWII Diary – February 16, 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, 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.

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Transcript of Diary Entry   February 16, 1943

Sunday, February 16, 1943

Gowen Fieid, Boise, Idaho

Tonight I saw a show that just about wore me out yet I was not aware of it until it was over. Powerful and dramatic are words that do not do it justice. “The Keeper of the Flame” with Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn co starred. This morning I got up early to get ready to get the men off to the range. I stayed behind until noon to see that the boxes being made for our equipment were right. I want to finish this packing this week so I can get it off my mind. At noon I went out to the range. Most of the men had fired the slow fire so I got in and fired mine. Holy cats, if that was any idea of the way Im going to shoot when I get on the other side then its a cinch the Japs have nothing to worry about. I don’t know if it is just an off day or the gun. Most of the men fired a rotten score in comparison to what they have done before so the gun has something to do with it. We were firing those 1917 Enfields and I sure hate them. Thank the Lord they are condemed as far as overseas is concerned. I did some hill climbs with a jeep and had a lot of fun. The rapid fire _______ showed some improvement so I built up my score a little. My usual score is around 180 a 200 possible but today I only made 140. Bad.

Good Night

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The Day That Was: February 16, 1943

• Dr. Mildred Harnack-Fish, a member of the German resistance, was sentenced to death by the German government and beheaded at Berlin’s Plötzensee Prison. (

• Three students painted with tar the words “Freedom” and “Down with Hitler” on a university building and other buildings in Munich. Some copycat signs were posted by others elsewhere in the city. (

• FDR declared that the defense of Saudi Arabia was vital to the interests of the U.S. (

Production Credits:
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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