23 Feb. 1946

23 Feb. 1946 Taunton, Somerset Dear Mom, At long last my time is approaching. The next shipment out of here will include your son. We will go to B.A.D. #1 for processing from here. For a couple of days it looked like we would leave here 2nd March, as our …

The Education Program

[These typewritten pages detail the rollout of a new Army education program, including course listing and FAQ. It goes with the 19 May 1945 letter, in which he said, referring to this, “Slide rule and blueprint reading are the only two on the first program that I would be interested …

10 A.M. Worship Service, May 20

[A typewritten chapel bulletin that he mailed home, or saved. Not sure if it’s from 1944 or 1945.] 10 A.M. WORSHIP SERVICE May 20 Prelude T/Sgt. Ernest W. Baker Doxology Invocation Hymn Praise Him! Praise Him. 91 Responsive Reading 30 Hymn Selected Morning Prayer & Choral Response Anthem Sermon Chaplain …

30 December 1945

Taunton, Somerset Dear Dad, In the next two days I’m trying to catch up on my letter writing. I just about caught up on my washing this morning leaving only a set of underwear, a pr. of socks, and a suit of fatigues. Was supposed to be on K.P. today …

4 November 1945

Taunton, Somerset 4 November 1945 Dear Mom, Arrived here Thursday noon. Started right in by working that afternoon. We were supposed to be in an Overseas Section just like we were at Dinton. This base isn’t shipping much stuff out yet, so they don’t need but four men in that …

History of 4th BAD

[A typewritten insert included in the previous letter.] HISTORY OF 4TH BAD The 9th Air Force arrived in the UK, and of course, it was necessary to have an Air Force Service Command–––the 9th. During Sept. 1943, Gen, John Clark decided upon having an Air Corps Supply Base in the …

Last of October

Dinton, Wiltshire Last of October [1945] Dear Dad, I’ve been here nineteen months today. By tomorrow noon I’ll be at Taunton Somerset – about 75 miles west and a little south of here. Address will be Sta. Comp. Sq., BAD#3, APO 635. I’m sending a short history of BAD#4 [coming …

Postcard 1 (undated)

Pvt. Lawrence E. Grayson 18098458 912 F.G., Sqdn. 129 “Q”, AAFTC #1 Miami Beach, Fla G.I. Sitting on my G.I. bed My G.I. hat upon my head My G.I. pants, my G.I. shoes Everything free, nothing to lose G.I. razor, G.I. comb G.I. wish that I were home. They issue …

18 Sept. 1945

Dinton, Wilts 18 Sept. 1945 Dear Mom, Did I ever tell you about Edgar Schalliol of Mishawaka, Indiana. He works in the same office that I work (?) in. We’ve been going to church together and in to Salisbury together for a good while. We finally wrangled a three-day pass …