At this point in time, Dan is stationed in London, England, where he is working in the TOPO (Topography) Unit, and as a surveyor, he is making maps in preparation for the D-Day Invasion. Ced is returning to Anchorage, Alaska, where he works as a civilian for the Army as an Airplane mechanic and Bush Pilot. Lad and Marian have been travelling quite a bit from California to Texas and back to California. They were able to spend a little time with Ced when he stopped by for a visit on his way to Alaska. Dave, who enlisted in January, has been sent to Camp Crowder, Missouri, for more Basic Training.
Alfred Duryee Guion (Grandpa) writing his weekly letter
Trumbull, Conn., March 5, 1944
Dear members of the family circle:
The Trumbull Weekly Clearing House Association is ready to report on the news from the far corners of the world.
Daniel Beck Guion
From Dan: “Nothing startling to divulge– life has followed much the same pattern for the past month or so — plays, concerts, French lessons, pub crawling – all the little uselessnesses that keep life fascinating. I heard from Sylvia in Canada with the names of a few people I might look up. Tobacco is scarce over here for civilians and exorbitantly priced. Cigars are scarce for everybody, GIs included. I am sorry to realize that grandmother has passed. I was very fond of her — always good-natured and helpful. She grew old so gracefully that she seemed much younger — her spirit never lost its youth. Well, maybe with so many Guion’s thrown into the war we can bring it to a speedy conclusion. To the day when we all meet again. Cheerio.”
Cedric Duryee Guion
From Ced: (Seattle, Feb. 29th) “I am leaving this morning at 9 AM on the Northland Transportation Companies NORTH SEA. It looks like a nice ship. Arrived here last Saturday night and have been through a great new section of the country en route. Saw Lad and Marian and looked up Edna Schwenke in Tacoma. Details in letter later.”
David Peabody Guion
From Dave: “I’ve finished one week of basic training and don’t find it a bit tough. I am told that the first couple of weeks aren’t usually hard anyway. I also find that you must go from one thing to another here (you can’t waste time or dilly-dally). Naturally that’s kind of tough for me. I’m not supposed to tell what I do, see or hear while I’m doing my basic, which gives me very little to talk about because everything one does here is basic training. I still like the camp very much. The food for the most part is excellent. My face is filling out and I know I feel a whole lot healthier. Saturday is the big day around here. We have barracks, rifle (which is plenty tough), and personal and foot locker inspection on Saturday. Everything is spotless — especially that old Enfield rifle. There’s plenty of recreation here – movies (we get a lot of them before they are released to the public), three service clubs, each company has a day room (which has a piano which gets plenty of exercise) and of course PX. Even the KP isn’t bad here. I was on KP last Tuesday — just routine detail, not punishment of any sort. I spent most of the day in the pantry munching on cookies, dried apricots and what have you. I still haven’t heard from Lad. I do hope they can get a week off and come up here to pay me a visit. I also wish Ced had known where I was when he left home. He could have gotten a train from St. Louis to Camp Crowder and a bus from here to Texarkana. My love to all — even Smoky.”
Alfred Peabody Guion (Lad)
From Lad: “I have been upped a grade. My official title in writing is T/3 but I am still addressed as Sgt. The big point is that it puts me up into the first three grader classification and means $18 more per month. It should not be mistaken for what is called a Tech. Sgt. Three days before leaving for Calif. the Buick clutch started to slip so I had to put in a new one. To do it I needed a free day and the first one I could get was Monday of last week or my first day of traveling time. Had it not been for the clutch we would never have seen Ced. He showed up at Hooks early Monday morning. He seems fine but has changed a little in the interval since I last saw him over five years ago. He’s a little heavier and his hair is darker and he has matured a great deal. He’s still the same old Ced otherwise.”
Tomorrow, the rest of this letter including news from Marian and Dick as well as Grandpa’s comments about other Trumbull news.