25 November, 2012

25 November 1945

28 Months after Greg and Wilma met on a blind date they were married. Of the 28 months, 23 months were spent an ocean apart. Through these letters, they grew to know one another and felt the love that would last a lifetime.

Here are their formal wedding pictures.



And here's what happened next...



44 years later, in 1989, this picture was taken of their children. From left to right are Robert ("Buck"), Leslie, Susan ("Susie") and Richard ("Dick").  


This blog has been brought to you by me, Susie, their Fourth Child.

11 October, 2012

11 October 1945


Note: The last letter was 18 September 1945.
The remainder of entries are paperwork and mementos.




It's Official !!!

Allotment Discontinuance
Notice Upon Release from Active Duty


10 October, 2012

10 October 1945

Note: The last letter was 18 September 1945.
The remainder of entries are paperwork and mementos.


After a long weekend at home, Greg made his way on 4 October 1945 to Fort Devens, in Ayer, Massachusetts, for his last stay with the U.S. Army. On 10 October, 1945 Greg was granted a Leave of Absence to be in effect until his Discharge from Active Duty.

Nearing the end of the endless paperwork!
Instructions from Finance for Separation Paperwork

 Schedule for Greg (No. 27) to Process Out
One hour of Counseling after three plus years...

Leave of Absence Granted Until Final Separation Date
Greg (red arrow) learns his final separation will be Christmas Day, 25 December 1945
when he revert to inactive status... just 2 months and 15 days away.

Until then, he is "on leave" in Salem.



01 October, 2012

01 October 1945

Note: The last letter was 18 September 1945.
The remainder of entries are paperwork and mementos.



Telegram from Greg to Wilma
about Arrival Time, Back Bay Station, Boston
Telegram Received at 5:16 pm, just four hours before the train was due to arrive.


Orders to Travel from Washington, D.C. to Boston on 1 October 1945
and to report to Fort Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts on 4 October 1945
(Abbreviations translated below)

       15.  AL, CAPT GREG, Medical Corps, (male-white), Military Occupational Specialty 3100, Advanced Service Rating 90, "GREEN PROJECT", Having Returned To US from overseas on 30 Sept 45 & reported to Commanding Officer this station In Coordination With Letter O Headquarters 438th AAA AW Bn (M) APO 513, USA dated 19 September 1945 & Teletype Writer Exchange 69563, Headquarters Command Z, European Theater of Operations USA dated 17 July 1945 is Relieved from Attached This Station, assigned & Will Proceed to Reception Station #1, Fort Devens, Mass Reporting Upon Arrival To Commanding Officer thereat for processing & disposition. Advanced Service Rating score as indicated above is based on re-computation as of 2 September 1945...

Effective Date Concerning Morning Report: 4 October 1945.
       BY ORDER OF COLONEL FELL



Entrance to Washington National Airport, 1945



Property Turn-In Slip
Port Supply Officer
Washington Port of Aerial Embarkation-Debarkation
Greg did not have much to turn in:
1 Canvas field bag with strap, 1 Can of Meat (complete) and 1 Canteen (complete)
All are remarked as "FWT", or, Unserviceable due to fair wear and tear.

30 September, 2012

30 September 1945

Note: The last letter was 18 September 1945.
The remainder of entries are paperwork and mementos.



PAY AND ALLOWANCE ACCOUNT
(Commissioned Officers, Army Nurses, Warrant Officers, Contract Surgeons)
[Click to enlarge]


World War II Pay Grades
Greg's Pay as a Captain was a Base of $200
plus 5% for Longevity and 10% for Foreign Service = $230 per month.
No extra pay for being a doctor...


21 September, 2012

21 September 1945

Note: The last letter was 18 September 1945.
The remainder of entries are paperwork and mementos.




This telegram speaks for itself. Imagine how Greg felt sending it...
and how Wilma felt receiving it.

And more paperwork before the flight home!
Vermin and Disease Free!

Again, only one firearm going home

Again, only two items "captured from the enemy"





20 September, 2012

20 September 1945


Note: The last letter was 18 September 1945.
The remainder of entries are paperwork and mementos.



FRONT AND BACK OF PARIS TROOPS PASS
Seine Section, Central Registration Bureau
Showing Stay at the American Red Cross Independence Club
Hotel de Crillon, 10 Place de la Concorde, Paris, France
from at least 20 September to 23 September 1945
(The pass was only good for 72 hours... Was there a later Pass?

Hotel de Crillon on VE Day, 8 May 1945 (above)
and today (below)


SHIPPING TICKET
For items that would travel by ship
Dated 20 September 1945
Signed as received at Fort Devens on 10 October 1945


Fort Devens Post Headquarters in 1945 (above)
and an aerial view of the former Fort today (below)

The Fort was closed in the mid-1990s.
It was sold for $575,000 in June of 2012 to become a movie production studio.