Occasional Report of the Guion Family
as of May 31, 1942.
LAD: Address – Pvt. Alfred P. Guion
Co. “B”, 1st Bat’n, O.R.T.C.
Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD
Left the middle of May for Camp Ayer, Mass, thence to above address. He writes: From things that have been said at various places and by various people who should know, Ordnance work and the Ordnance Dept. of the U.S. Army rates second to none – – not even the engineering corps. Apparently eight men out of 1000 get far enough to make the necessary qualifications for this dept., and then, to make it even better, of those picked men, 2 out of 1000 get a chance to qualify for the Instructors Rating and the Officers Training Course. I am among the latter few and that really makes me feel good. I just hope that I can live up to the honor when my chance comes. I believe that if things go for me as they have been planned at present, I will be stationed here at Aberdeen Proving Grounds for six months or even for the duration. In any event, Ordnance men are not trained to fight except as a means of self-protection, and the main idea, roughly, is to supply the men on the lines with ammunition and equipment for fighting. We are the men behind the men on the front. Apparently I have been picked to act as an instructor in automotive repair and maintenance.
DAN: Address – Pvt. Daniel B. Guion
Co. “F”, 30th Engineers, U.S. Army,
Roanoke Rapids, No. Car.
Has just been granted a Specialist Rating in surveying. Application is pending for admission to Officers Cadet School. He writes: Aside from the inanity of Army ritual and customs, I am disgracefully happy here – – that southern hospitality stuff is truer then your northern imagination could possibly conceive – – I still don’t believe it myself, even when it happens.
CED: Address: Cedric D. Guion
P.O. Box 822
When last heard from (April 15th) was still a civilian employed as an airplane mechanic at Woodley Airways, Anchorage.
DICK: Recently rated Class “A” by local Draft Board, subject to call at any time after passing his physical. Sleeps home days and works nights at Producto Machine Co. (100% war work) Bridgeport.
DAVE: Still enduring “Life with Father”, relieved by occasional activities at my office, high school and Trumbull social affairs.
BISS: (and two sons) busy at work as housewife and mother – – both boys husky and growing. Address: 142 Cornwall St., Stratford, Conn.
AUNT BETTY and DAD – still carrying on at same old stand. Can be reached at P. O. Box 7, Trumbull, Conn., telephone – Bridgeport, 4 – 3928, or better still, by a personal visit from…. Y O U.