Lt. Reichard’s WWII Diary – March 1, 1943
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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.
Transcript of Diary Entry March 1, 1943
Monday, March 1, 1943
Gowen Fieid, Boise, Idaho
Tonight I wrote a letter to Virginia that scares the hell out of me. For some time now her letters have been getting farther and farther apart and I’ve almost gotten grey thinking about it. I love that girl so much it aches way down inside and I’m scared she might be letting me slowly vanish. It’s a lot to expect a girl to stay in love with a man for over two years when she sees him once a year especially when she is only 19. Tonight I finally got up the courage to ask her for the truth with no trimmings and I’m sick just thinking what that answer can be. I could lick this world singlehanded if I knew she still loved me. Please God see that she does. I love her so much.
Today we had lectures. Also Sanders is taking the men one by one and testing their driving skills. I want to see just how many good drivers we have in the outfit. Im glad he is back. This afternoon we played the Guard Squadron soft ball team for the league and beat them eight to three. Tonight Helen came out and Ray and I had dinner with her at the Officers mess. We then went to see “Random Harvest.” It was wonderful and both Coleman and Greer Garson were superb.
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The Day That Was: March 1, 1943
• The Soviet News Agency issued a reply to the Polish declaration of Feb. 25. The Polish government was accused of refusing to recog¬nize the historic rights of Ukranians and Byelorussian peoples to be united within their national states. The Polish policy was condemned as imperialistic and as having been pro Fascist before the war. (International News, Mar. 6, 1943) (http://www.ibiblio.org/pha/events/1943.html)
• In New York, American Jews held a mass rally at Madison Square Garden to pressure the U.S. government into helping the Jews of Europe. (http://team8-3.pbwiki.com/1943-timeline)
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