Lt. Reichard’s WWII Diary – January 9, 1943
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.
January 9, 1943 Diary Page (click to enlarge)
Transcript of diary entry January 9, 1943
Saturday, January 9, 1943 Left McClellan Field, Sacramento, CA
Well this morning while I was signing character endorsements on Service Records an announcement came over the radio talking about army air force pets. They said one of the strangest was Sgt. ______ the Duck. His picture appears on all the trucks of the 1710th Ord. Company so it looks like ______ has gotten up in the world and is becoming quite famous. This morning has been about getting off the final reports and cleaning up a few details. The inspectors came over but could do nothing because Ray has to get me cleared after the new outfit pulls in. We pull out at eleven tonight so we are going to have to do some stepping.
Today has brought forth some difficulties we weren’t expecting. The 23rd is out on a maneuver today so we can’t get any action there. Ray has to clear that up too. Sgt. Frazier is now finishing up the final shipping tickets for the new officers. The men are all packed and waiting. We had everything pretty well cleaned up by three oclock so I had the men take their bags outside and mop up the huts. Ray made the arrangements for trucks to take us into town. About five I went back to my barracks and did my final packing and got dressed then went up to the club for dinner. We went in town about nine and got our tickets then climbed aboard. I tried to get in touch with Dorothy but couldn’t. I’m going to miss her. We pulled out at eleven but I was asleep so didn’t know about it.
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The Day That Was: January 9, 1943
• In Britain, clothes-rationing coupons were cut back again in the beginning of 1943. At the outset of the war, everyone was given a book of 66 coupons to buy new clothes for one year. This was cut to 48 in 1942 and 36 in 1943. Each item of clothing cost a certain number of coupons. Coupons were not required for secondhand clothing. A man wanting a raincoat would have to use 16 coupons, a woman 15 and a child 11. It would take eight coupons for a man or a woman to get trousers, six for a child. A man needed seven coupons for boots or shoes, a woman five and a child three. (http://www.historyonthenet.com/WW2/home_front.htm)
• The Soviet ultimatum to the German IV Army at Stalingrad was ignored by order of Col.-Gen. Friedrich von Paulus, and the battle continued with unabated ferocity. (http://www.feldgrau.com/Jan..html)