1943 Jan. 24
Fort Benning (Ga.) - Note written on verso of a program for a church service in Atlanta after epiphany.
1944 Oct. 9
France - Now at a new location, "busy as an Iowa crow in a new cornfield."
Oberursel (Germany) - On temporary duty near Frankfurt. Saw Sig Holden; is now in charge of two ski lodges in Bavaria.
1945 Aug. 11
Augsburg (Germany) - Would like 120 film for Christmas. Toured Berchtesgarten with 50 soldiers.
1945 Mar. 11
Germany - Bought two paintings in Belgium and sent them home. Harold writes from the Philippines, where it rains all the time.
1942 Oct. 13
Camp Swift (Tex.) - Heard Roosevelt's fireside talk om labor and the war and considers it a privilege to hear him. Sill working on Judy's birthday poem. Participated in a demonstration on "'The rifle platoon as a combat outpost.' War, whatever it be, can never kill or even harm the spirit of man if a man determines in his own mind that it shall not. That is how I feel!"
1945 Nov. 16
Augsburg (Germany) - Promotion in the works. Is selecting men to go to Third Army Basketball Officiating School. Letter written on a letter from Ernest Binns complaining that Joe had written so seldom he thought he must be injured.
Camp Wolters (Tex.) - Listened to Franklin Roosevelt's appeal to the coal miners. Considering taking an apartment in Mineral Wells or Weatherford.
1944 June 18
England - Their wedding anniversary nears. Had a poem, "Dry grass," accepted by Peter De Vries. Will again be a guests of John Oldham.
1942 June 1
Spring Grove (Minn.) - At home on the farm. Has been investigating enlisting in some branch of the military and applied to Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard: "On all counts I was OK except on my eyes. I am wearing glasses because I am a bit near-sighted, thought it is not too severe." Expects to go through on the next draft: "My main disgust is centered on this that I have an education which qu... more