Friday, January 08, 2010

actual experience

New Caledonia
Nov. 7, 1942

I am still off today because I just got back from the hospital. The fellows left tonight at 6P.M. for the Solomons. I wish them all the luck in the world in getting through. I sure hated to see Bill Johnson and Dobek go. Although in a wk or so we'll be leaving to join them. Heard that we had taken Africa & that the Russians were really slaughtering or driving back the Germans. We played some casino tonight. Dan & I beat Skull & Bob 3 out of 4 games. We fried some eggs & went to bed around 10 P.M.

Sun. Nov. 8, 1942

Today I have another day off, so I rolled my field pack this morning. Bob, Skull, Wynn & myself went for a ride on the pack-Howitzer trail through the mountains. "Skull" rode "Chief". Arrived back in camp at 3 PM. Went to the show tonight in Pieta. The pictures were two late ones. The first was "Roxie Hart" with Ginger Rogers & "The Male Animal" with Henry Fonda, Olivia DeHaveland & Joan Leslie. They were both grand shows. I hear we will be shoving off in a week or so.

Mon. Nov. 9, 1942

Bob is taking Bill's place, so I will go on the 4 to 12 shift this week with "Gig". Danny isn't showing me much because I am supposed to be on the 12 to 8 with Layman. I used "Bob's" bridle on Duke and it worked wonderful. He will really stop now & with the 'spurs' I have, I can really make him go. Paid my dollar for the new mess hall tonight, and we used it for chow this evening. It's made like a native hut with a grass roof.

Heard at chow that we are going to get 60 new men from a maintenance Ord. Co. There was a show tonight close to the French Garrison. The picture was "Kerry's Point"
Tues. Nov. 10, 1942
Rec'd and airmail letter dated on Oct. 7 from Mother and a V-mail letter from Marjorie dated on Oct. 5. Went on guard at 7 PM with Kruse (Gig was off). Had an argument with him on "actual experience".
Wed. Nov. 11, 1942
Today is my anniversary (so to speak) because a year ago I was inducted into the Army at Camp Forrest, Tenn. To me, it has seemed like 10 yrs. in a way, becuase I have missed Marjorie & the folks back home so very very much. It has been a "lucky" year in a way for me, too. I am still healthy and alive after being 9 mo. "overseas". Today is also "Armistise Day" officially, however, it won't be over a yr. until tomorrow. We are one day ahead of the States here. We are packing our things, getting ready to disembark for the Solomons. I sincerely hope & pray that by next Nov. 11 I will be home and possibly married to my darling Marjorie.
This is Harry's War Diary
The first photo shows the fellows riding in a truck; possibly to go see a show.
Harry's comment that Danny "isn't showing me much" is classic! This is just the kind of remark that Harry would make when he's disgusted with a lack of leadership or gumption. It seems Danny was responsible for scheduling their guard shifts and has made a mess of it.
Although Harry mentions the new mess tent, the only photo we found was of the original mess hall.
What kind of argument was stirred up over "actual experience"? Was Harry arguing with Kruse while on guard duty, or was it with Gig?

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