1943—Flight Training, No Letters

December 1942 ended abruptly with a letter promising more. We know Walt was in San Antonio to begin flight training, and we know that he and Ruth married on Christmas Eve. Everything else is speculation until 1944, when the letters start up again.

I can only conclude that there were no letters for 1943 because Ruth stayed with Walt until he was deployed overseas, even though he had done his best to talk her out of staying or working in Texas. The letters in 1944-45 are addressed to Ruth in Youngstown, Ohio on Evergreen Avenue, not the Breaden Street where she lived with her parents in most of the 1942 letters. Did her parents move? Was she living alone in a house or apartment? Was she working again? Maybe some snippets of information will give us a few details about 1943.

Or did Walt go to California or someplace else for flight training as some men did, and did Ruth accompany him?

My daughter discovered in a box of stuff that she had Walt’s identification card, issued in October 1943, so I’ll be making a little trip her way to see what else she might have. Here’s a photo of the card, which does not list an address or location:

I’m going to pick through my photos and documents again for any evidence of where the flight training took place and any other bits related to 1943 before I begin those war letters from 1944.


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