Lt. Reichard’s WWII Diary – March 27, 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.
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.
Saturday, March 27, 1943
March 27, 1943 Diary Page
Gowen Fieid, Boise, Idaho
Just another Saturday. It was truly a lovely day though. There was a warm south wind blowing all day and it sure made me develop an acute case of spring fever. I wanted to get out on a tractor and watch the dark moist earth turn and break behind the plows and see the seagulls dip and mine for the big white grubs and smell the air and fumes from the old John-Deere. I really miss those things this time of year. The snow is just about gone from the mountains now. It’s a _____ looking country right now but should turn green quickly if the weather holds out. From now on of course I’ll be sweating out this furlough. I wish I didn’t want it so badly, then it wouldn’t make so much difference if it didn’t come through. That has always been my trouble. I either want it a hell of a lot or just don’t give a damn about it. I think I’ll either make a big success out of life or just as big a flop. I don’t have the guts to be just an ordinary human being. I want too many things out of life and I’m willing to pay for them in work or anything else to get them. I find myself weighting the material value of things so much that I lose the value of simpler things that _____ add up to a good and comfortable life. I don’t know if that is good.
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The Day That Was: March 27, 1943
|• Coast Guard cutter No. 85006, the Catamount, a 67-ton patrol boat, exploded in the vicinity Ambrose Light, Long Island. All hands were lost. (http://www.blountweb.com/blountcountymilitary/wars/ww2/timelines/1943_ww2.htm)
• The United States began an assault on Fondouk-pass, Tunisia. (http://timelines.ws/20thcent/1943.HTML)
||A formation of American B-25 bombers en route to attack the Mareth Line on this day in 1943.
Photo: U.S. National Archives
Diary transcription: Kathleen Long
Diary photos: Claudia Forbes
Video production: Alison Harder
Narration: Mountain Vista H.S. Theater Department
Jeremy Goldson, Department Chair; Bryan Smith – voice of Lt. Reichard