Sunday, November 22, 2009

catch a ride

New Caledonia

July 1942

They are unloading torpedo shells and mules down at the docks, so there is no ammo coming in. There were 3,000 Marines that came in today. This morning at 11 o'clock the fellows shot a deer at the edge of the woods. Last night "Gig" & I slipped out of camp and tried to catch a ride into town, but to no avail. We walked as fas as the airport and back, which is about 2 miles each way. The Infantry Patrol from Camp Edwards, Mass. is on the stage in Noumea.

Mon. July 13, 1942

This morning I went to town in the "Jeep" with St. Irwin to see the Air Force Surgeon about my glasses. Was talking to Capt. Wisler in base camp & he said he didn't see how we could win this war (the ape ball). Imagine, a Co. Commander.

Tues. July 14, 1942

Today is "Bastile Day" here in New Caledonia & all the French soldiers and natives have the day off. There's a rumor going around that we may go to Noumea. They estimated there is between 20 & 30,000 troops on the island now. Up to now called the "Battle of the Coral Sea" is the most significant. The island is now being used for "supply base".

Wed. July 15, 1942

I was happiest today because I recieved a letter from Marjorie dated June 10 and another dated later said that mother had mailed for Pretty Barbara & Jack.

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This is Harry's War Diary. Great care is taken to preserve the writing style, so it appears here just as it was written 66 years ago. Harry M. Haslam (1919 - 2007) was my father in law.

It seems being called an 'ape ball' is quite an insult and Harry reserves that slight for a commander that shared doubts about the outcome of the war.

Jody & I have decided to share this diary with my blog readers in the month of November to honor Harry's service during WWII. I will continue to post 1-2 diary entries a month until we've covered most of the 3 1/2 years that Harry was in the Army.

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