The unprecedented rain, flooding, displaced families, and ensuing misery in Texas this past week takes me back to memories of my dad's stories and my good times in Texas. Dad was an engineer for the National Board of Fire Underwriters (NBFU). His job was to inspect cities to check on their preparedness for disasters.
Ted Symon, Frank Gartz's Austin High School friend. Sr. High School picture Jan., 1942 Originally published on ChicagoNow Letters of a World War II Airman Corps Cadet, navigator-in-training, Frank Ebner writes to a former high school buddy, Ted [...]
Army Air Corps shoulder patch. Frank Gartz's squadron is breaking records and collecting honors.… Click to read more
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Army Air Corps Radio School sleeve patch-given to each student at the Army Technical School, Sioux Falls, SD Trench Mouth. The word conjures up images of soldiers languishing in World War I rat-infested trenches. But this disease, an [...]
Frank Von Arx, DOB 3/1/1924Photo courtesy of son, Frank E. Von Arx Frank Von Arx was my Uncle Frank Ebner’s best friend. Ebner’s brother, Bill, mentioned in his 1/31/1943, letter (“Unlimited Opportunities”) that the Von Arx family was asking about [...]
Arial photo of Camp Grant, probably WWIPublic domain Frank Ebner Gartz, my uncle, was drafted into World War II on January 23, 1943 (see previous post: A World War II Draftee- 70 Years Ago)The next day he wrote [...]
Blitzbuggy at the Draft Office, Chicago, 1/23/1943 Seventy years ago today, my grandparents and newly married parents faced a foreboding task, one that was shared by just about everyone in America with a young man of draft age [...]