Letters of a WWII Airman

Words, war, worry

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My essay about my grandmother's 11-11-1943 letter in the Chicago Tribune Perspective section.

Veterans Day: World War II Mom worries for her Air Corps cadet son

Frank Gartz is in trouble with his sergeant and getting too many. demerits and restrictions. His mother writes him a letter, 70 years ago on what was then called Armistice Day, with some gentle advice, putting all the  mothering she could muster into her missive. Read about it here: A Veterans Day letter.  

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Harsh words with sergeant mean trouble for WWII air cadet

Harsh words with sergeant mean trouble for WWII air cadet

Don’t talk back to an officer! That’s pretty good general advice in the military, but it can be hard when you know you’re right. In my Uncle Frank’s letter to his mother, seventy years ago today, he explains what happened. Click Harsh Words mean trouble, to read it at ChicagoNow.

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Depraved art, my uncle, and me

Depraved art, my uncle, and me

A trove of Modernist art, some 1500 works, were discovered in a Munich home. You can read why this discovery has personal meaning to me and for my understanding of my Uncle Frank’s World War II service. Click on Depraved art, my uncle and me at ChicagoNow.

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Memorial Day Tribute to Moms of Vets

Please read my Memorial Day Tribute to veterans, active soldiers and their parents at Memorial Day Tribute to WWII Moms   Thank you, and enjoy your day.

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World War II training in Madison, Wisconsin–”Blasting the enemy out of the skies”

World War II training in Madison, Wisconsin–”Blasting the enemy out of the skies”

Hi Everyone, This blog has joined ChicagoNow, a compendium of bloggers, all based in Chicago and covering a diversity of topics. You can click HERE to see all future letters. I’ll continue posting the letters on or near 70 years to the date they were written. I hope you continue to follow along to find out what happens to […]

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Lots of girls and close to home

Lots of girls and close to home

Great luck! Frank is stationed in Madison, WI, at Truax Field, where he is not only close to home, but in a university town––and girls are plentiful, and so is the food. Meals including butter and “all the milk you can drink” are noteworthy. It was a big deal because several food items, including butter […]

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Promotion

Promotion

  Frank is promoted to Private First Class, but the first his family hears of it is in this blurb in their local paper, The Garfieldian. Older brother Will is now teaching and, as all in the family do, downplays his achievements. (edited for interest and brevity) Chicago, Ill April 7, 1943 Dear Frank: Hi Old boy. […]

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