November 9, 2011

Love from John

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — watercoloristramblings @ 6:36 pm

For this painting I used a photo my father sent home to my mother during the Second World War signed simply “Love John”

My father born in PA was taken back as a baby to a little town in Eastern Europe where he stayed with his grandmother for four years. He returned to the United States at the age of four just before the outbreak of the First World War. He grew up in the Hard Coal, Steel Mill region of Eastern Pennsylvania and left to join the Army when he was quite young, barely 17.

He was assigned as a radio operator Of course in those days radio operators mostly used morse code which they would send out over the radio by tapping out the dots and dashes on a key pad. He even flew with Wiley Post and one of his most interesting pre war excursion was on the Good Will Tour of South America that took place in the late thirties before Germany’s declaration of war.

He became a Top Sergeant, I don’t think they even have that designation anymore. I remembered that his favorite admonition for the troops was “Save your fighting for the battlefield and your personal problems for the Chaplain, all I want to hear from you is Yes Sir.

When the War broke out he went to OCS at the tender age of 36 and spent almost four years as a communications officer in the CBI Theatre, where he taught for a while in Calcutta, and he was assigned to various airfields in China establishing radio communication networks in places such as Kunming and Chegtu to aid our pilots flying the Hump and also the fighter pilots attacking the Japanese and providing communications support for the fields set aside to recover the Bombers that were involved in air raids on Japan.

From his letters home it seemed he mostly wanted the war to be over so he could come home and retire from the Army Air Corps.


1 Comment »

  1. Theresa, A precious bit of family history. Thanks for sharing it.

    Comment by Gloria — November 11, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

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