Lt. Reichard’s WWII Diary – January 17, 1943

Introduction by Will Seippel, CEO – 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)

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January 17, 1943 Diary Page  (click to enlarge)

January 17, 1943 Diary Page (click to enlarge)

Transcript of diary entry January 17, 1943

Sunday, January 17, 1943

Gowen Fieid, Boise, Idaho

This morning I woke up about nine freezing to death. I’ve never felt as cold in all my life I’m sure. I jumped out of bed and put down the windows and turned on the heat, what there was of it, then climbed back in bed. Today it is really lovely and clear. The mountains are covered from top to bottom with snow. I was freezing with good reason. It was ten below zero. I finally got up and dressed about twelve then went to lunch. The snow crunched underneath and the air snapping with its coldness. It hurt to breathe. The eyes were blinded by the whiteness of the snow in the brilliant noon sunlight.

After dinner I went in to Marie’s. She is the girl I had a date with last night. She has a lovely home on the _____ over looking the entire Boise valley. They have a tremendous plate glass window in the living room overlooking the valley and the mountains on the otherside. It is truly a beautiful sight. I took a roll of film. I sure hope it turns out right. We sat before the fire place looking out the window most of the afternoon. At five we had dinner and it was delicious. After dinner we drove out to the officers club to dance. About nine we came on back in town and went to a show. It was pretty good. After the show she dropped me off at the bus station and I came on out to the field. It is even colder tonight than last night. I checked the thermometer at the gate and it showed fifteen below. Whew! I was glad to get into bed.

“Good Night”

To view previous diary entries, click here.

The Day That Was: January 17, 1943
• It was Tin Can Drive Day in the United States. During 1943, salvage drives would produce 255,513 tons of tin cans, 43,919 tons of fat, 6 million tons of wastepaper and more than 26 million tons of iron and steel scrap collected for use in essential industries. (

• A naval base and naval air station were established at Brisbane, Australia. (

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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