Chicago — a view over time

Seeing Santa

My online friend, Shirley Hershey Showalter, inspired me to write this post about a favorite Christmas memory. I signed up to...

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...

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...

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...

Martin Luther King’s Dream and Chicago’s West Side

Fifty years ago today, on August 28th, 1963, millions of Americans heard Martin Luther King’s poetic demands for racial justice. Whites throughout the...

Memorial Day Tribute to Moms of Vets

Memorial Day Tribute to Moms of Vets

For Memorial Day weekend, I dedicate these letters to our soldiers in arms, our veterans, and all the mothers and...

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...

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...

Promotion

  Frank is promoted to Private First Class, but the first his family hears of it is in this blurb...

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