Jean, Air Force Wife, Tripoli


Smitty’s Letter to Mom, Leyte

All ashore that’s going’ ashore….. As the ships drew closer to Leyte, the American soldiers already on shore were being hampered by logistical problems which caused a severe delay in capturing the island. When the 11th A/B division arrived, General Hodge was finally able to move General Arnold’s 7th division and their plans came together. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ […]

via Smitty’s Letter XV – “Landing” — Pacific Paratrooper


You’re invited to an Open House

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Smitty’s drawings and a cold shower

Pacific Paratrooper

Various Army latrines Various Army latrines

Smitty did not write home about his experience with the showers. (Unfortunately, I do not remember which island this story occurred on.)

He was coming back into camp after having a nice cold shower.  He walked back with a towel wrapped around his middle and held it closed with his left hand.  The jungle appeared quiet except for the buzzing of the insects whizzing around him.

WAC Invasion

He said, “You know how annoying just one mosquito can be when it’s hovering by your ears.  This was like a swarm and I tried like hell to use my right hand to swat them away from my face.  When I began to approach our tents there was not one man to be seen and I couldn’t imagine where they all went.  As I got closer I could hear the G.I.s yelling and they were waving their arms as they crouched…

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Smitty’s letter home

This following letter from Smitty will show how much the G.I.’s of WWII and those of today have in common. Human nature doesn’t seem to change very much in 68 years. 11th A/B patches __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Letter XI Java at 2100 Thursday 8/10/44 Dear Mom, Java at 2100 is nothing more or less than a good […]

via Smitty – Letter XI — Pacific Paratrooper


Museum Seeks Recipes for Cookbook

In preparing for our upcoming 2017 exhibit, HOST NATION HOSPITALITY, we are asking you to contribute a favorite recipe to the accompanying cookbook. We’d like a little story about the recipe ( where you learned to make it, what significance it has, if it’s something you learned to make overseas, etc.) and your connection to the military or DOD family.

An example might be about the German butcher’s wife who took you into the back of the shop to show you how to pound the wiener schnitzel thin, or your neighbor in Japan showing you how to make a local dish. Or…your grandmother’s black-eyed peas salad you recreated, no matter where you were stationed.

Your recipe may be on one of the recipe cards we plan to give away to exhibit visitors and/or included in the cookbook we will sell to support our programs in our museum.

We appreciate your support of the museum and helping us preserve your history…

Currently, we looking for soups, apps and salads and would like submissions to be e-mailed to: militaryfamilymuseum@comcast.net.

Please put recipe in subject line


A brief history of letters home

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The Defense Centers of Excellence blog has A nice article   on correspondence home.