“This book is dedicated to…”

Grandmother dedicated her WWII scrapbook to John Byron Clapp:¬†“One of my very best friends and with whom I share many pleasant memories.”

Katherine Dunham was “marvellous”

“Tropical Revue” ran from 1943 to 1945, with performances in New York City, Cleveland, and Los Angeles. Grandmother wrote beneath the program in her scrapbook: “…it was marvellous!”

Eastern War Time

Corporal Mooney’s papers and patches were kept in Grandmother’s scrapbook, but his photographs were no longer in their placeholders. In 1944, he and¬†Grandmother spent time together in New York City, Ohio, and Ocean City, NJ. Reading “Eastern War Time” on the bus schedule below was the first moment during this digital memory project when I…

“Sad Apples”

Reading Grandmother’s notes on her 1944 furlough trips with her friends to New York City, I come to crossroads myself: Adele the grandmother meets Adele the person. She writes of hearing the Don Cossack Chorus: “With Bob Hunn to hear these sad apples and then to the Warwick Hotel for dancing.” Sad apples usually refer…

Boys and Belles

Grandmother notes, “Life in the Army is not all work.” Most of the photographs here show Robert “Bob” Kelsey of the 34th.  

“The Fort Dix Special”

It seems the ladies of the Fort Dix Community Service affectionately dubbed this bus “The Fort Dix Special.” Pictured here in the shadow of the “Special” are Polly Spooner, Audrey Vurgason, Jean Heulings, and Polly Young (left to right). Above is a shot of the Fort Dix field artillery observation post and to the left…

Camping for the Camera

The majority of memories in Grandmother’s WWII scrapbook are photographs taken by soldiers at camp, either in The States or “somewhere in England.”

“…into the wild blue yonder…”

Alton D. Anderson (“Andy”) moved on from Fort Dix and the 34th to eventually become a heavy bomber for the United States Army Air Forces. A year after graduation from Advanced Flying School in Georgia, Andy was captured over Germany and sent to Stalag Luft I. According to a WWII online memory project dedicated to…

Furlough Fun: Ethel Merman at the Forrest Theatre

Corporal David J. Mooney and Grandmother took in “Something for the Boys” on Valentine’s Day weekend in 1944. I enjoyed productions at the Forrest Theatre on Walnut Street in Philadelphia with my mother and my brother, but I never knew that Grandmother went there. Nor did I realize that Ethel Merman once graced its stage.

Nazis Bluffed on a Bluff

I had a few questions when I read Grandmother’s note, “Mother’s Ranger,” alongside the first article about Sergeant Haywood…even more questions when I read her note beneath the second article: “Will I ever meet him?” But when I saw that Haywood was employed at the Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia, the connection became clear. Hiram…

Pigeons, Balloons & Radio: The Signal Corps

Grandmother’s friend William “Bill” McPhee was originally from Scotland (hence his exceptional game on the green). He was in the Army Air Corps and attended officers’ training at Fort Monmouth for the Signal Corps.

Boots, Bunks & Boys: Inside the Barracks

Besides card playing, it seems that a good portion of down-time was filled with photography inside the barracks. I can’t tell what the reward is for the honor barracks (below). A bowl with a beard? Grandmother’s “Bill” is William McPhee of Scotland and then Chicago. Bill enlisted at the age of 29 and will have…