San Antonio after the War

The August 1945 letters ended abruptly when the Japanese surrender was announced, and while I don’t know how long it took for Walt’s group to wrap up and return to the states, it must have required some time, including travel. Maybe on hearing the news, Ruth started packing and planning to return to San Antonio to meet Walt. I don’t know when they finally met up, but we know that they remained in San Antonio until at least the end of 1946, as their first child was born there in November.

During their stay, I have evidence that they tried to enjoy postwar life. There are three photos in souvenir folders, at least one of them taken by Truesdell Night Club Photography. It is the only dated photo, dated April 13, 1946. The tables and chairs in that photo differ from the other two, which are marked as from Club Sevenoaks.

Here’s a closer look at the photos. This is the one from April:

These two are undated, but seem to be from two different outings, as evidenced by Ruth’s hairstyles:

What’s After the Letters?

Currently, there are 402 pages on this site. The blog itself is one continuous page, and then there are title pages and resource pages, and so on.

Three hundred fifty-nine of those pages are letters from Walt—359!

::deafening applause::

But that’s not the end. I still have those packs of Ruth’s letters to be sorted and scanned and transcribed. They are without their envelopes, so I am hoping each one is dated, and that maybe they were returned in order. I will start by scanning and posting them before I do any transcribing, though.

There are other items that might be of interest, such as Walt’s pilot’s log book, and of course documents from the government following his death.

Stay tuned to the blog for updates about where the site goes from here.

August 1945 Letters Transcribed ✅

The letters from August 1945 have been transcribed, and that marks the end of the letters from World War II. August begins with Walt’s squadron moving to the Ryukyu/Okinawa Islands and ends with the Japanese surrender after we dropped the atomic bombs. At the end, Walt is a little lost, probably wondering what he will do now that this 4-year period of service is coming to an end.

July 1945 Letters Transcribed ✅

There are only seven letters in July 1945, but they begin with the long waited for news of Walt’s promotion to Captain. He gets a chance to visit the front line with the infantry, but by the end of the month, his squadron is headed out for another location, where he expects to be pretty busy.