“Dear Diary—this is important”

I never had much interest in Walt’s little spiral notebook/diary because not much of it is filled, and it mostly seemed like a dull recording of ordinary daily tasks, but the ending, which I never read before, tells a lot of the missing story at the end of 1942. It continues a little into 1943 ending on 20 March. [Turns out I had read the ending of the journal and even posted about it, but then forgot ::slaps forehead::]

It appears that Ruth did stay with Walt in Texas, and then followed him to Oklahoma for more training. That’s as far as the diary goes.

Here are those last pages followed by a transcript:

Transcript:

Sent to San Antonio Texas on 16th Nov—arrived 17 Nov. for Air Cadets.

Nov. 20th. Had some drill today. —Perplexed as to how Ruth and I are going to get married.

N. 21. to Dec. 10—Passed tests, etc.—expecting to go to preflight soon. Am really perplexed now about Marriage. Looks impossible at the present time. I feel sorry for Ruth, I’m always sorry for myself. I hope it turns out O.K. She is my Honey.

Dec 17—I’m supposed to get a 3 day pass over Xmas. telegraphed Ruth to come. I’m still trusting everything turns out O.K.

Dec. 22. Ruth should be in San Antone today, maybe tommorrow. Hip, Hip—Hooray—She’s my Honey.

Dec. 23—Ruth called me today—I sure was glad to hear her voice again

Dec. 24. Had some trouble getting pass but finally got it signed. Met Ruth—she is beautiful—We were married at 3:00 today—I am one lucky guy. Everything is going to turn out O.K. I’m sure.

Dec. 25, 26 [illegible cross out]—A very short Honeymoon. I am glad I got some time off. I think Ruth will more then fulfill all expectations.

Dec. 27.—Cold this morning—I hated to leave Ruth. She came to visited me this afternoon—She was almost froze.

Dec. 28. [can’t make out first one or two words] floor this morning—Ruth is going to look for work this afternoon—Hope she can stay. I’ll be glad to have her near me.

Dec. 29—Ruth came to the Post tonight—A shame I get to town. I’m more then glad she can come out tho.

Dec. 30—Ruth came out again—She is sweet. Guess she is having quite a vacation—Hope she is happy—She sure is a good sport. I love her.

Dec. 31—Ruth came out.

Jan 1. New Years—funny New Years. Ruth was out. A couple of “shots”

Jan 2.—Ruth out.

Jan 3—Sun—Ruth out all day—A walk in the Cactus—Ha.—Very windy.

Jan. 4. Dear Diary—this is important I believe.—I don’t know how I should feel—but I feel good—If you don’t know what I mean you’ll have to guess—wow!

Jan 5—Ruth visited me—gas chamber today.

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Jan 16 16—Entered Pre-flight (Rough tough) Hard day,—Ruth came out in evening—Don’t like it at all so far


Jan. 16—Jan Mar. 18. Went thru Preflight O.K.—Saw Ruth almost every nite had 4 Open Posts 2 passes.—tough but not too tough.

Mar. 19—Ruth left for Okla. City—She’s a real girl (wife)

Mar. 20—Left at 1:45 for Okla. City.

Mar 21. Arrived at Cimarron Field for Primary—Have contacted Ruth—So far every thing is O.K.—but I damn sure don’t like it.

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