Trumbull – Occasional Report of the Guion Family – May, 1942

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

Anchorage, Alaska

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.

 

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