1945 Oct. 25
Augsburg (Germany) - Food poisoning. Playing rough games of football.
1945 Sept. 16
Augsburg (Germany) - Overseeing and writing for The Bavarian, weekly newspaper of the Military Government, working as a Special Services Officer. Writing seems impossible with how bus he has been; setting up sports teams; library and lounge.
1945 Aug. 14
Augsburg (Germany) - Thinks it too early to worry about Christmas presents, since mail will begin moving faster now the war in Europe is done. Trip to Berchtesgarten with a group of soldiers.
1945 Aug. 11
Augsburg (Germany) - Would like 120 film for Christmas. Toured Berchtesgarten with 50 soldiers.
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.
1945 July 30
Augsburg (Germany) - Is now assigned to Military Government work, "my biggest mission is the welfare, the happiness, and the useful education and occupation of the leisure time of the enlisted men. So I am doing everything from opening beer bars, sponsoring dances, umpiring and scheduling all sorts of athletic events, arranging travel tours of southern Bavaria..." Account of his activities ... more
Augsburg (Germany) - Wonders what Judy things of Iowa now. Has become official historian for Bavaria, temporarily assigned to write official reports on military government policies.
Augsburg (Germany) - Sending a request from a German woman to get into the house to retrieve potatoes: "It is so choice I have saved it for the record. I let her get into the house once to secure some things, and then on it was a flat 'no.' If the Germans have one characteristic it is this, give them and inch and they'll take a mile. That is the way they individually act!"
1945 Aug. 17
Augsburg (Germany) - Wonders if Mike has been able to return to the states since air power is no longer needed in the Pacific. Sends another poem on Harold, "sort of a singing ballad which is meant to be as glad and happy as we always were" (not included).
1945 Dec. 29
Augsburg (Germany) - GI gripes about the army. GI Bill of Rights enables Joe to attend a year of college and has been considering doing so. First Military Government in Bavaria has divorced from the Third Army.