4047"Private Don" in the Army, 1942-43
- Jul 9, 2006Hello, all ..
I think I've identified the inscription on the photo of DB in
uniform that I uploaded a few days ago. While I was looking through
the Files for something else, I happened to look at the postcards
sent by DB to Nellie Hayes McMurray in the 1940s.
Bingo! "N H Mc" on the photo has to be Nellie!
With the photo I received several documents. One is a
typed "bulletin" written from Fort Ontario, NY, where he was
undergoing "intensive training."
On the back is a handwritten note signed "Private Don."
A second document, also typed and signed, describes the genesis
of "Soldier's Baby" (Pilot Bails Out) and includes the poem that was
originally titled "To Gail."
Both pages have been folded and were once pasted into a book or
scrapbook but are in remarkably good condition.
Although I bought the documents with the photo, I can't be certain
that they were sent to Nellie, but it's very possible.
I tried to upload these images to the group website, but they end up
looking like "mush" so you'll have to copy and paste the URL's to
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