Walt’s cousin Elizabeth found some photos among her mother’s possessions after her death in 1999 and sent them on to Ruth. Her mother was the Aunt Ruth Walt lived with when he was in Ohio. The photos show Walt and Ruth in other wedding day poses in San Antonio.
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.
I have a number of stills in this video. My father is pictured in the B-Flight group at 1:01 minutes (front row) and 2:18 minutes (second from right) leaning on the bar. I suppose he’s in that front group photo, but I couldn’t find his name on the list:
“Lippy” Lipscomb is pictured at about 1:25 minutes in, and in this picture I have:
Here is an insignia patch of the Strafin’Saints:
The January 1942 letters settle into cavalry training at Fort Riley, Kansas, beginning at around 18 January. Here are a few photos from that period, some with commentary on the back:
These next photos are mostly concerned with the uniform appearance, but you’ll notice on one that he wrote January when he meant February—as he did on a few letters that had to be moved. I see my brother had to make his mark on one of the photos, since it looked like a place to write, I guess:
- If I had a bayonet on rifle—this would be quite a pose
- A fairly good picture with summer shirt we use it for dress—The tie is Cavalry style—We have to wear it this way when we are without blouse. buttons should be buttoned—Ha.
- Me with Rifle at “Sling Rifles.” Look at those boots shine. [added later: Sib]
- Kneeling position I got the highest score in the 5 and 6th Platoon today
Jan.Feb 4. 198
I also added a few photos that were pertinent to the letter of 21 January 1942 on that page.