World War II Army Adventure (119) – Dear Dad (2) – January 11, 1946

This is the second half of the letter I posted on Saturday. I thought I had scheduled this, but obviously I didn’t. 


World War II Army Adventure (119) Dear Dad (2) - January 11, 1946

WHOOPS ! Made a mistake! Pages 5 & 6 are inside. This is page 7 and 8 is on the back.

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May be you could get a hold of Johnny Vichiola and asked him what he wants to do.  He was our original President.

Sure I remember George Nurse.  Tell him I wish him a lot of luck, but that he can expect some keen competition when I can get my hands back into printer’s ink.

Milford Rivet’s change sounds like quite a blow. Gee, how I wish I could

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get back there.  Try to hang on to everyone we’ve got now, Dad.  We can worry about new customers later.  How is the quality of our work now?  Are all our customers satisfied?  I’ve been thinking and have come to the conclusion that after the war started and labor was so hard to get, that we allowed the quality of our work to drop off.  Don’t you think it’s better to make a customer wait if you have to, but to make sure he’s satisfied with the completed job.  You had years and years more experience

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then I hhave.  What do you think along those lines?

You’re right about its being important for me (or someone) to get out and dig up business, but it won’t do any good to get business unless we are sure we can handle it.  I would welcome the chance to test my ability and make Salesmanship.  I feel I’ve learned an awful lot about human nature, etc.  In the past two years, and I’d like to test my knowledge.  But I can’t help but feel the importance of knowing, before I leave the

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office every morning to try my luck, that we can handle well – no – better than anyone else in town, any job that may be thrown at us.

From where I started to talk about George Nurse to hear is all in answer to yours of Dec. second.  Your letter of December 9th says that Ced will leave tomorrow for Alaska, Peggy Van Kovics called (I’ve written her), Dick would soon be out (old news now), you are sending candy, etc. in a box (I’ve received it.  Thanks.  It has been well disposed of).  Those

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are the only comments I have on that subject.

The December 16th writing of your much-looked-four letters contained both good and bad news.  The bad being that you had a cold.  I’d give anything within reason to be there in the bitter cold – you’d give equally as much to be here in our 85° temperatures (and that’s just average).  The good things are humorous – Ced’s safe departure for Alaska, Dick’s arrival and his last departure before he dons those blessed “Civies”, Paulette’s letter to you, etc.  The only comment on

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this would be for me to say that the T/4 that I mentioned in the letter you quoted is still hanging fire.  A second request has gone in from GHQ to Korea to our parent outfit, but GHQ is closing up here and moving to Tokyo.  If the advance doesn’t go through fairly fast, it will be again it canceled until they put me in for one at AFWCSPAC which is where it is rumored we are to go.  So maybe I’ll be discharged as a T/5.  Who cares so long as I’m discharged?

Love,

Dave

Tomorrow I will begin posting a week of letters written

World War II Army Adventure (119) – Dear Dad (1) – Expediting the Shipment of Troops – January 11, 1946

Dave, Grandpa’s youngest son, has been in the Army for about two years.  He turned eighteen in September, 1943, left school and enlisted over Christmas break.  He wrote his first letter home on January 15, 1944.  At that point he was at Ft. Devens in Massachusetts.  From there he was sent to Camp Crowder in Missouri for further training.  On January 31, 1945, he wrote his last letter from Camp Crowder and left for parts unknown.  The next letter from Dave to Grandpa was a V-Mail “from somewhere in the Pacific”.  He arrived in Okinawa but ended up staying on board the ship for a few days until the area could be cleared of any remaining Japanese troops. V-J Day occurred on August 15, 1945. His last letter from Okinawa is dated August 11, 1945.  His next letter, dated August 26, 1945, came from Manila.  At this point, Dave is hoping to be home in May or June, 1946.

DPG - Dave in uniform

David Peabody Guion

Jan 11, 1946

Manila, P.I.

Dear Dad –

We got a message to our code room last night coming from Eisenhower and going to Gen. Styer and other base commanders.  The message contained a plan for expediting the shipment of troops home for discharge.  It asked for a reply as to whether it would be possible to carry out the plans.  The message stated that all man with 2 1/2 years service and 45 points will be home

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by April 30th.  All man with 2 years of service and 40 points will be out by June 30th.  This second group would include me.  I have 32 points as of V-J Day and two years active service as of Jan. 13 – two days from now.  The message stated that this plan was a must and a minimum.  If the men could be released faster, then they should by all means be released.  After the 2 1/2 year man leave Manila (in early April if they are to be in the states by the dead – line) they will start sending the man with 2 yrs., 5 months,

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then 2 yrs, 3 months, etc.  I figure that I should leave, at the latest, by May 15th.  If we keep bringing pressure to bear on Washington, it can be sooner than that.

If we’re actually needed over here for the good of the country, then I am the last one on earth that would ask to be allowed to go home.  But I think if the government had worked for weeks they couldn’t have thought of a poorer excuse than to say they don’t have replacements.

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I may sound cynical, but I think if there is really a dire need for us out here, the government could have given us a better reason for keeping us here – even granting that the real reason may be a diplomatic or military secret.  Therefore, I’ve come to the conclusion that politics of one sort or another has entered into the matter.  I hope I’m wrong – but I’ll have to have proof to the contrary if I’m to believe anything else.  With that said, I’ll change the subject.

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I have here five letters from you yet unanswered.  The first is a three-part job: one part concerning your information on surplus goods; the second on Thanksgiving Day activities; and third on news accumulated between Thanksgiving and the following Sunday.

I can see nothing wrong with your suggestion that I write to the Boston Corporation.  I shall try to get around to doing that before too much more time passes.

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The Thanksgiving Day summary was interesting but requires no comment except that I wish I could have been there.  The only comment I have to make on Sunday’s letter is that if your kindness in letting the gang use the barn is being abused, by all means, close it to them.  Get a hold of Bill or Win and tell them that you’re going to close it, at least until I get back, and that they had better take anything that belongs to them and that they want, out of there before you close it.

WHOOPS !!! Made a mistake!  Pages 5 & 6 are inside.  This is page 7 and 8 is on the back.

Tomorrow I will finish this 12 page letter from Dave. 

Judy Guion

 

World War II Army Adventure (118) – Our Demonstrations Here (2) – January 9, 1946

This is the second part of the letter I started posting yesterday.

The Red Cross Center in Manila

The Red Cross holds a forum once or twice a week.  Last Sunday’s subject was a discussion on the advisability of a peace-time draft.  The boys were thinking too much about the latest government order to keep on the subject of the draft.  The discussion gradually worked around to the government order – more fellows stopped to listen to the arguments.  Pretty soon the crowd got too big.  Somebody suggested that they go outside.  Once outside, the crowd grew still bigger.  It was suggested that they break up before there was trouble, and they made plans to meet outside City Hall at 8:30 the following morning (Monday).

They started with twenty-five at the forum in the afternoon on Sunday night – broke up down-town with two thousand.  I didn’t know how many were at the 8:30  A. M.  Meeting which chose a committee of five to ask Lt. Gen. Styer, commander of A F W G As P A C (Army Forces Western Pacific) for a statement.  But Monday night a group of 20,000 were in front of City Hall to hear his statement and also speeches from some of the G. I.’s. General Styer didn’t like the idea of the demonstrations – but his hands were tied.  Unless these men caused trouble, there was nothing he could do about it.  That’s what thrilled me, Dad, these men aren’t a bunch of misled sheep, that go panicky and cause trouble.  They feel something is definitely wrong and that it can be corrected by concerted action.  I’ll tell you frankly – I didn’t go to any of these rallies because I was afraid there would be trouble.  I have been very pleasantly surprised.  According to today’s paper, it looks like we may get some action.  I hope so.

I’m going to cut this here.  So help me, I’ll try to write more often.

Adios,

Dave

Tomorrow I will begin posting a week of letters written in nineteen thirty-nine.  At this point in time, Lad (my Dad) is the only son currently away from home.  Grandpa continues to write a letter each Sunday informing Lad of family news and local activities in Trumbull. 

Judy Guion

World War II Army Adventure (118) – Our Demonstrations Here (1) – January 9, 1945

I do not have any letters written in December, but I’m sure that Dave did write home during the month. This is the next letter I have in his collection.

David Peabody Guion

Jan 9, 1946

Manila, P.I.

Dear Dad –

Not only do I owe you a letter – but I suppose you’re waiting for a letter from me saying something about our demonstrations here.  Well – here’s the story on that.

Everything was running smoothly – boots were leaving every day packed with boys bound for Frisco.  Then the Daily Pacifican (our Bible) came out one morning with an article stating a ship had left the day before with 600 empty berths.  There was the usual noise from the fellows – maybe a little more vehement than usual – but nothing spectacular.  The next day the Pacifican printed the story on Patterson’s statement that he didn’t know points had been stopped as of V-J Day.  Some of the guys laughed, others (like me) could see nothing funny in it.  To me it was as if someone had come up to me and said, “how do you adjust the pressure of the imprint on a multi-graph machine?” If I didn’t know the answer to that, I should be beaten over the head – something I wish somebody would do to Patterson.  How can a man have faith in his government when the heads of the government are so ignorant of their own particular job?

Well, to go on, the third day the paper came out with the order that men had to be ELIGIBLE to go home on points.  Any one of these stories would have created the usual moaning from the man – but for two days in a row they had received blows and then the War Department came out with their new ruling.  They couldn’t have picked a worse time psychologically for their statement.  Some of the boys talked of protest – but it was half-heartedly.  They become passive in their feelings toward the government and the Army.  You often hear, “what the Hell”, or “You can’t beat it!”  In a way that shows they are too disgusted to even raise a finger.

Tomorrow, I will post the rest of this letter regarding the demonstrations. 

Judy Guion

World War II Army Adventure (117) – Dear Folks (2) – Obsolete News – November 30, 1945

The Water Works Building where Dave is working

Well, so much for all that.  Maybe I’d better see what there is to answer in all these letters I’ve got here.  The first, written on Sept 23rd, contains a birthday letter to me.  The birthday letter contained inspiration and the rest contained news – but alas, all the news is “obsolete”.  You see, somehow, this letter was held up and got to me just this past week.  It took the letter over two months to get here.  In the meantime, of course, I had received more recent letters.  But, as usual, the letter made interesting reading.  However, the news is so out-dated, that I don’t feel I can comment on the letter.  So I’ll go onto yours of Oct.. 28.  (The ones between these two dates have already been answered).  Nothing in this one except that in it you quote the first of my letters that told of lowered morale.  It seems that my letters got worse and worse until finally, in your letter of Nov. 11, you wrote a morale-booster to me.  It has had its effect – thanks.  A number of things that have happened in the last two weeks have also improved my morale – I have already mentioned them – MED (Sgt. Mendendorp) has come down from Korea and we are once again hanging around together, and they have finally started to get the shipping ball rolling.  Tomorrow our 63-pointer leaves to join an outfit that is going home sometime next month.  So they’re getting down nearer to my level.  General opinion around here now is that those in my shoes will be going home in April or May.  That means I should be on my way, or even home, by the end of six months.  I can wait that long.

Sure glad to hear about and from Ced.  I wish I could be home to see him again.  I am sorry to report that since being in Manila, I’ve lost some of my broad-mindedness in my feelings as to the punishment that should be meted out to the Japs.  There a sly lot and they should be punished.  However, I still hold to my conviction that education will solve the problem.

Well, there’s not much here, but I’m afraid it’s all you get from this ole “Pacifican”.

Love,

Dave

NOTE: General opinion was quit accurate. Dave was discharged on May 6, 1946. Tomorrow, I will begin posting a week of letters written in 1939. Lad, Grandpa’s oldest, (and my Father) is the only son away from home. Dan has returned from Venezuela and Lad remains there, working for the Socony-Vacuum Oil Company. He is their troubleshooter and travels around from Camp to Camp, working and maintaining equipment that the regular mechanics are not able to handle.

Judy Guion

World War II Army Adventure (117) – Dear Folks (1) – Comments On Five Letters – November 30, 1945

David Peabody Guion

Nov 30, 1945

Manila

Dear Folks –

I have here only five letters from Ye Olde Homestead which have as yet not been answered.  We have been extremely busy up to about three days ago.  That’s the primary reason that I have not answered these letters until now.  But our busy days are over for the present, anyway.  Now if you don’t hear from me it will be because of pure negligence on the part of one Cpl. Guion.  Here’s the story: a the matter of 24 hours our Radio Circuit Korea was taken off the air, the Teletype Circuit was moved downstairs in the GHQ Teletype Tape Relay Station, and our Message Center was closed.  It all happened so fast that we don’t quite believe it yet.  Lt. Greenberger sent a message asking for instructions from Korea.  As yet we’ve received no reply.  The two most likely answers as things are now: (1) we will stay here and work downstairs in GHQ Signal Center instead of a sub- division of it as we were before, and (2) we will go to Korea where our fate is unknown.  Neither one of these possibilities is any more likely than the other – your guess is as good as mine.  There is also a more remote possibility that we will go to Japan.  Time will tell.

In the meantime, we are waiting for answers to two messages that were sent a day or two before we were closed up.  One was a request for replacements for the men who have left here going home for discharge (this situation has cleared considerably, by the way, and as a result my morale has improved immensely).  You’ll probably remember my mentioning Sgt. Mendendorp, the guy that was my Team-Chief on that advanced party to Okinawa.  We became pretty friendly and I hated to leave him when I was assigned to this team coming to Manila.  But now he has arrived as a replacement for one of the guys who has left.  Once again, he is my Chief and I’m sure glad he’s back.  These two replacements that we’re waiting for now are two more of the guys that were in that five-man team that was in the advanced party on Okie.  The missing man on that original team has left for the states from Korea.  So if the two replacements get here, it will make our old team with the exception of one, intact once again.  The second message that we are waiting for is an answer approving the recommendations of a boost in rank to four members of this detachment, one of whom on this list is yours truly up for T/4.  The question is, if no action is taken on these messages before the message saying that were closing up is received, will they go ahead and send replacements (doubtful) and approve the rank boosts (possible) even after the third message was received.  I can only hope that action was taken.

Tomorrow I will post the rest of this letter. 

Judy Guion

World War II Army Adventure (116) – Dear Dad – Procurement of Machines – November 13, 1945

World War II Army Adventure (116) - procurement of Machines - November 13, 1945

Nov. 13, 1945

Rec’d 11/21/45

Dear Dad –

I just talked to Lt. Greenberger (Officer  in charge of our Msg. Center) about procurement of machines no longer needed by the Army.  He’s trying to get some things himself, so he knows all the latest dope on the subject.. He’s checked with Col.s and other high brass and this is what it all boils down to.

As yet, the Army hasn’t settled its policy as to who is going to get priority on the goods or just how their plan will work.  As things stand now, as long as a man is in the Army, he can make no tangible “deals”.  He must wait until he becomes a civilian, and then he may apply as a “veteran”.  The trouble with this plan is that the high-point-man gets the cream of the crop because he gets out first and so gets first chance.  Brass here is expecting new directives on this which will be fairer – but as yet nothing has come through.

So, for the present anyway, it seems that I can do nothing more than you.  However, I’ll keep my eyes open and keep you posted.

Still busy as hell – comparatively healthy and happy.  See you next summer (shipping from here is finally moving) –

Love,

Dave

Tomorrow I will begin posting a week of letters written in  1944. Lad and Marian are in Jackson, Mississippi, where Lad spends his days instructing Army Mechanics and Marian is working. Dan is in France, Ced is still working as an airplane mechanic for the Army in Anchorage, Alaska, Dick is in Brazil and Dave is still in training at Camp Crowder in Missouri.

Judy Guion

World War II Army Adventure (115) – Manila Symphony Program – October 11, 1945

DPG - Manila Symphony Prgram - October 11, 1945

Since Dave mailed this to Grandpa on October 11th, I think he may have attended the previous evening

DPG - Manila Symphony Program (2) - October 11,1945

DPG - Manila Symphony Program (3) - October 11, 1945

I wonder who autographed Dave’s Program

DPG - Manila Symphony Program (4) - October 11, 1945

Notice the Honorary Members of the Manila Symphony Society

 

 

Tomorrow I will post a letter from Dave to his Father, probably from the American Red Cross Building in Manila.

Judy Guion

World War II Army Adventure (114) – Dear Dad – “Sweating It Out” – October 12, 1945

 

 

DPG - Dave in uniform

David Peabody Guion

October 12, 1945

Manila

Rec’d 10/22

Dear Dad – 

I got two letters today – one dated Sept. 2nd, the other dated Sept. 30.  The one dated the 2nd was sent regular mail.  It’s a good example of the difference between regular and air mail.

The September second letter contained a quote of Mr. Chandler’s letter and another from Ced.  Those were very interesting and enjoyable reading – even if they were a little late.  However, as usual, I can’t find anything on which to comment.

Spring Island - July, 2020

Spring Island

Both letters contained references to Kit’s taking back the apartment.  As for myself, I don’t think the old house would be the same without Kit (Katherine Warden), Paul and the kids.  I for one am glad they’re coming back.  Your September thirtieth letter tells of a trip to Bedford, NY to see the Bagshaws. (Mrs. Sidney Bagshaw is Rusty Huerlin’s sister, but I’ve forgotten which one. It might be Ingrid.) Two comments here – one is that you’re making me homesick with all these references to rides and trips, but keep it up, I love it.  Two is that if you’re serious about purchasing Spring Island on Lake Winnie, (Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, which was owned by Rusty Huerlin’s family. Grandpa did purchase it by paying off the taxes owed on the property, an offer made by the Huerlin family. Grandpa’s great-great grandchildren are the newest members of the family to enjoy this piece of “Liquid Heaven”.) here’s my vote in the form of a huge affirmative.  With the family as large as ours is getting to be, certainly it would be used and enjoyed enough that it would be worthwhile – count me in.  Maybe we could buy it jointly.

I don’t know what it is Dad, but it has become an effort for me to write letters.  I have to force myself to write to everyone.  When I write a letter and read it over, it seems to lack color.  Straight facts and then Love, Dave.  Maybe my morale is getting low.  All I know is that I wish I would get over it.  I wrote a letter before this one and threw it away – it wasn’t any good.  Neither is this one – but I’ll let it pass.

Did you hear about the typhoon on Okinawa?  Sounds pretty bad.  I think most of the rest of the outfit is still there.  Another team like ours went to Tokyo – but outside of those man and us – I think the outfit is still on Okie.

Things go on the same here.  We’re still “sweating it out” and feeling sorry for ourselves.  The only change I can think of right now is the addition of a new sign out in the hall up here on the third floor of the Water Works Building.  The stairs going from the ground floor up to the top (fourth) floor are set in sort of a squared circle with a well going all the way down to the bottom.  The sign here on the third floor says “Don’t jump – will all be home in six months.”  I hope the sign is right.

Well, that’s it for tonight.

                                                                     My best to all,

Dave

The new sign was pretty close.  Dave was discharged on May 6, 1946.

Tomorrow I will begin posting letters written in 1939. at this point Dan has been home for a while and Lad is the only son away from home.  He is working for the Socony-Vacuum Oil Company in Venezuela.  He is there mechanical troubleshooter and travels between camps handling maintenance problems that haven’t been solved by the mechanic in camp. 

Judy Guion

World War II Army Adventure (113) – Dear Gang – I May Go To Korea – September 21, 1945

Trumbull - Dave Is In Okinawa (3) - June 7, 1945

The Water Works Building in downtown Manila. Dave works on the fourth floor.

September 21, 1945

Manila

Rec’d 10/5

Dear Gang – 

I must be missing a letter – the last one I got said “We’re waiting for a phone call from Lad saying that he’s in New York”.  And then I got one today that says that Lad went down-town shopping for some stuff for Dan.  There’s no mention of Lad’s coming home, so I guess I must be missing a letter.  Time will tell.

The next time I see MacArthur, I’ll ask him to take off his hat so that I can see if he’s bald or not.  Until then, I’ll make no further comment.

Today I was thankful that I had learned to read type backward while working at the office.  The last page of your letter had the carbon in the wrong way.  So that it came out backward.  But I didn’t have any trouble reading it – and even if I had, I could have used a mirror.

It sounds like Dan was giving his old C.O. a hard time.  Maybe it’s a good thing that they got a new one.  I’ve seen prejudice work in the Army.  If I know the kind of guy Dan had for a C.O., he would have been in for some rough treatment for going over the old man’s head.

That was a nice letter that Paulette wrote.  I guess it won’t be long now before you will be seeing her in person.  I sure would like to be home to meet her.

Hope you’re hay-fever will be leaving you soon – but then, that will mean frosts.  Oh well, you can’t have your cake and eat it.  How do you like that for a nice original saying?

Rumor has it that GHQ will be moving out sometime in October.  Whether we go along, or not, I don’t know.  We may stay here; we may go to Korea, back with the XXIV Corps;, or we may go to Yokohama with GHQ – your guess is as good as mine.  Again, time will tell – that’s another original of mine.

My best to all, and I’ll be seeing you sometime next summer.

                                                                                      Dave

PS – Please watch my addresses, Dad, and keep them up to date.  It makes an awful lot of difference in speed getting here.

Tomorrow, another letter from Dave, with a prediction of when he will be home.

Judy Guion