By October, as the Chew underwent the final stages of its rehabilitation, the World War I-era destroyer began to look more distinctive, more modern. Elmer related what he could to his parent… Read More
We are now nearing the end of our month-by-month letter analysis series. In fact, next Wednesday’s post on November 1941 (just in time for Thanksgiving!) will be the last for a while… Read More
It was about 9:40pm when I approached my wife. I had just woken up from a 90 minute nap (which happens when your 2-year-old daughter demands that you lie down near her in the adult-sized day… Read More
In September 1941, the sound of wedding bells filled the air. Elmer’s best friend, Osie, decided to marry his fiancee in Hawaii on the 10th. Like with many young couples, a twinge of u… Read More
Hi folks,Today is Veteran’s Day, so I would like to give a shout-out to all of this blog’s readers and to everyone else who has served our country. In particular, I would lik… Read More
Between travel and midterms grading I will not be able to post a book review this week. Instead, I have posted the talk that I gave a few weeks ago at the Western History Association Confere… Read More
Elmer’s August 18th letter home contained two important pieces of news, neither of which might have seemed all that surprising to his doting parents: he officially received a Fireman 2… Read More
So, the only way I can keep up with this site is to write my posts in advance and program them to drop throughout the week. That includes my most recent post today about Saint Louis. Unf… Read More
On Thursday morning we are going to fly to Saint Louis for a few days, partly to make up for me not bringing our daughter there over the summer due to my health issues, and partly because au… Read More
At some point I had to start going through relevant military and academic histories of World War II, and although I still have a stack of Pearl Harbor books to review I wanted a change of pa… Read More
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