Home for the Holidays and Back to Boston, MA
Shortly after arriving in Boston Dad was able to secure a short pass
and came home for Christmas. Dad divided his
limited time home between his family and his girl "Blondie". Dad had pictures taken
with his Mom, his youngest brother Eddie, his sister Mae and "his favorite niece" Lynda during his short time at home.*
*After arriving overseas, Dad waited impatiently
to receive copies of these family photos.
Dad with his Mother Anna
and Brother Eddie
Dad with Niece Lynda
December 28, 1942
after arriving back in Boston on December 28th, Dad wrote a letter
to his sister Mae. Although he was tired and said that "me and my
bed are to be buddies again", he wanted to express how happy he was
to make it back home to see his family. He went on to say:
While I was home, I thought of how
everyone seemed to go out of their way...to see that my stay at
home was pleasant...It was also a sacrifice for Milton [Mae's husband]
to travel around like he did...with gasoline being so hard to get..*.
*On November 26, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing effective December 1, 1942.
Dad also was interested in what Mae thought of "Blondie", the girl
he met while on leave from Newport, RI in August 1942 and who he also introduced
to his family during his short stay home. He asked Mae the following:
...Mae, frankly and no lying now,
don't you think Blondie's nice? Man, I do! She's the only girl that
even got me to think of settling down. So she must be nice...Hoped
you liked her. She's one of the most decent girls I've ever gone
Before closing his letter Dad also mentioned that his "Crew" [LCI
(L) 229] gathered around him while he was writing the letter. The
crew thought that he was writing to his girl friend and started singing "I've
got it bad and that ain't good" and "We'll miss you". Dad jokingly
wrote "What a crew of swab jockeys".
Other WW II Action and Notable Events
|December 1, 1942
||Nationwide gasoline rationing went into effect.
|December 2, 1942
||A self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated for the first time, at the University of Chicago.
|December 4, 1942
||US bombers struck the Italian mainland for the first time.