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.
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 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.
1946 Feb. 8
Munich (Germany) - Sending a printed menu for dinner and supper from the officers' mess: "From this menu you might judge we eat in style. Actually, we do. But I do not really enjoy it much."
1946 Jan. 14
Munich (Germany) - Inspected ski lodge at Bayrischyell, a former SS ski lodge under Hitler.
1946 Jan. 30
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1946 Jan. 22
Munich (Germany) - Will not be home until some time in March. Does not know any longer what he wants to do when he gets home: Iowa may still be a possibility, has been encouraged to work in journalism, funds for teaching creative writing are limited; Dana will wish him back but not until Fall, and they cannot afford the lapse. Similar doubts about finding a permanent home: where would it be? Got sick on ... 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!"