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.
1943 Dec. 27
Fort Custer (Mich.) - Back to work again after Christmas written on a Hummel card.
1941 Apr. 10
Iowa City (Iowa) - Given chance to return to Bread Loaf on scholarship, but has declined since one of his brothers wishes to get away from the farm during the summer. Is writing continually, making little progress on poetry, but some on essays. Harvard, Yale, and Columbia are all retrenching on appointments for graduate assistants. War fever is heating Iowa: "The sense of conflict is so f... more
1942 Jan. 9
Blair (Nebr.) - Has a session with the draft board during the vacation and has been placed in class IIA until June 10, 1942, hoping to finish out the year teaching, but may enlist before being drafted as a buck private so as to use his education for the better. War in the east is not going well: "But, no matter! We always have wars, and I am in favor of them. It is a little hard to ha... more
Camp Wolters (Tex.) - Teaching in a heavy weapons battalion, assigned to the "illiterate" group.
1946 Feb. 1
Munich (Germany) - Just finished section of history on financial conditions in Bavaria. Since writing history, he wishes he could just let his fancy go in writing.
1943 May 10
Camp Wolters (Tex.) - Poem by Sandberg; Frost. Meaning of Judy's letters.
1942 Sept. 28
Camp Swift (Tex.) - At work on a long poem about and for Judy.
1944 June 28
England - Won a jingle contest for a hotel in Youngstown, The Purple Cow.
Fort Custer (Mich.) - Received announcement of wedding of Mary Cutting and Robert Smith Ivie. Saw performance of the Russian ballet. Has contracted a bad cold. Studying prison records, Thompson submachine guns, traffic management.