Letter V / Army Birthday & Flag Day 2021

Passing the time aboard ship

Dear Letter V                                                                                             Yep!  Still at sea

Mom,  I was seriously thinking of tearing this letter up, as I couldn’t for the life of me locate an airmail stamp aboard ship.  I kept at it though until finally fortune smiled down on me and success was mine.  I have been pretty lucky so far at my card playing activities and should it hold out until we reach some civilized port, why I’ll be ahead and you will be pleasantly surprised when you receive my check for like amount.  We can cable home money from abroad so might just as well take your advice — surprised? — and send it home for that day when we shall all return.

We have a large map of the world hanging up on the wall, which supplies us with as much amusement trying to figure out just where we are.  According to figures, dates, times and patience, we should be hitting a port sometime real soon.  In fact there is a rumor being whispered about that we will hit one tomorrow.  Now this rumor comes from good authority seeing that it came from a fellow whose first sergeant is a second cousin to the uncle of the father of the first mate whose brother is third cook on this boat.  Now, can’t you see why we are so glumly overjoyed?  All kidding aside though, we should be nearing one soon.

We saw a movie last night down in the mess hall.  It was quite an old picture, but luckily for me, I hadn’t seen it before, so therefore I spent my most enjoyable hour so far on this trip.  The officers on this trip haven’t been having it quite as tough as us, but rough enough.  In order to pass away their time they have taken up the game of badminton with a zeal and I must say have really kept at it until now this regiment can boast it has not only badminton players, but experts as well.  By the way, I have also learned how to play the old card game of Cribbage.  Ever hear tell of it before?  Well mom, that is all for today, so once again I’ll sign off, but before I do, give my regards to all and I’ll write again soon. 

Love and kisses, Everett

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Current News –  14 June 2021

Flag Day

U.S. Army Birthday

U.S. Army 246th Birthday

AND

U.S. 246th  FLAG DAY

A previous post for these two special days!  Click Here!

OR  HERE!

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Military Humor –

Now I can’t stress the importance here!!

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Farewell Salutes – 

Lloyd Alumbaugh – Jasper, MI; US Army, Korea, Sgt., Ambulance Co./7th Medical/7th Infantry Division, KIA (Chosin Reservoir)

Dalton Beals – Pennsville, NJ; USMC, Pfc., Co. E/ Parris Island

John Dale – Ellijay, GA; USMC, WWII, Korea & Vietnam, Sgt. (Ret.)

Kenneth R. Foreman – Brown County, OH; US Army, Korea, Cpl., Co. A/1/32/7th Infantry Division, KIA (Chosin Reservoir)

Warren C. Gillette – Klamath Falls, OR; US Navy, WWII, PTO, USS Oklahoma, KIA (Pearl Harbor, HI)

Mary Herda – brn: SCOT; Civilian, WWII, Boeing aileron production

Dorothy Jones – Tacoma, WA; Civilian, WWII, Fort Lewis Army Base Hospital

Jacqueline Jacquet Melvin – Lake Geneva, WI; US Navy WAVE, WWII, PTO,  Lt., Flight nurse

Robert Risch – Brookings, SD, US Navy, WWII

Norbert Schatz (100) – Boonville, IN; US Army, WWII, cook

John J. Sitarz – Weirton, WV; US Army, WWII, ETO, Pfc., Co. L/3/110/28th Infantry Division, KIA (Hürtgen Forest, GER)

Thomas G. Wade – Burke, VA; US Army, Vietnam, Lt. Comdr. (Ret. 23 y.), 101st Airborne Division, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart

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About GP

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on June 14, 2021, in WWII, Current News, SMITTY and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 133 Comments.

  1. Thanks for your like of my post, “Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 12 – The Beginning Of The Sixty-Nine Weeks 4;” you are very gracious.

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  2. I love reading these letters from your father, GP! He had quite a sense of humor about life, and was a good son.

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  3. What I love most about this letter is how he is trying to reassure his Mum that everything is ok and some things are quite normal card games, badminton, a film (I’d love to know which one), camaraderie. One of the main things I’ve missed is sports with other people, meeting up with friends in person etc. I love that he send her his winnings. Just really heart-warming. There is something wrong with the reply box it cuts my words in half so I hope the spelling is ok. Hehe

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    • Thanks, Charlotte. Yes, your comment came out fine on this end and I appreciate it!!
      Pretty soon we’ll all be “back to normal” and this pandemic will become a bad dream.

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  4. Great cartoons and letter is very good if you don’t mind can you read also my blog please I’m new here

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  5. Cribbage isn’t a word I’ve heard in decades but it’s so nice to hear it again. Thanks for sharing this letter!

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  6. Thank you for the historical information. Great post GP! 💞♥️

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  7. Oh your Dad’s sense of humour made me laugh out loud. What a treasure to have his letters.

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  8. Each of these letters makes me like your Dad more. His sense of humor is wonderful, and I suspect it was one of his ways to keep the family back home feeling better about his situation. I smiled at his mention of cribbage. My own dad taught me that game, and we’d play almost every Sunday night. In fact, I still have the board that we played with — I just can’t find anyone else who wants to play the game. They’re all playing video games on their phones!

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    • No players? That is just down-right sad.
      Thank you for the rest of your comment though. Dad, in my opinion, was one-of-a-kind, but also a good representative of the Greatest Generation.

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  9. Thanks for your like of my post, “Revelation 4:1-11 – Our Worship of God in Heaven;” you are very gracious..

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  10. I really enjoy these letters

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  11. Sending his card winnings home. How neat G. I’m pretty sure other guys would have found other things to do with it in port. –Curt

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  12. I love your work;please keep it up.

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  13. So cool to read letters that young men sent home to their mothers. Makes you proud of that generation that loved their mothers and sent money home to their family. My dad sent most of his paycheck to his mother when he was in the army in WWII. Grandma opened up a little grocery store with the money he sent home. She was a single mother with three sons. I love those stories. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Isn’t that outstanding!! Nowadays, parents put their kids through college, they get degrees and then they come home to have mom and dad continue to take care of them.

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  14. Zo leuk de brieven van je vader te kunnen lezen. Zo laten ze me ,je vader als mens beter kennen

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  15. Your dad was a witty correspondent!

    re the John J. Sitarz Farewell Salute: PFC Sitarz died at 19 in the Hürtgen Forest region, October, 1944. He was listed among the MIA, presumed KIA, that November. His remains recently were ID’d by the POW/MIA Accounting Agency. He will be reburied at Arlington National Cemetery.

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    • That’s where I got his name, I had to go to his grave registry for his hometown. Do you see something wrong?

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      • Nope, I see something right: It’s a lot of work and expense to identify the fallen, but the military obviously thinks it’s worth the effort. I do, too. I thought a little more of Sitarz’s story might interest readers. Seventy-seven years after that action in late ’44, he’ll finally sleep with the others at Arlington.

        My mother and I and two of our Japanese-American friends left flowers on Ernie Pyle’s grave in Honolulu, about ’65.

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        • That is why I try to keep up with the accounting agency for the POW/MIA announcements. Their efforts are not widely known nor are they appreciated. I’ll do my best to keep them in the public eye for these troops who paid the ultimate price.
          I appreciate your effort as well!!

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  16. Great post! The flag deserves our honor and respect, that’s for sure.
    I am having trouble with the new WordPress “block editor” also. Someone referred to it as “blockhead.” That’s about right.
    The Classic Editor was so easy to use! Is that why they replaced it? Auugh.

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    • Thanks for coming by, Mary.
      I still use the Classic. I go to Posts on the left hand side, then click ‘all posts’. Way up top, on the left side, it says POSTS add new. Click the arrow next to it and a menu will drop down for Block or Classic. Click Classic and you’re all set.

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  17. I love his humour, his reference to experts made me laugh.

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  18. That’s a wonderful letter home from a son to his mother. And it contains that wonderful phrase “that day when we shall all return” as a statement of faith from every American, Canadian, Pole, Englishman, Australian, every single person involved in that great struggle against the forces of darkness.
    And he’s right about Cribbage, it’s a marvellous game, with a lot of brain work involved. And unlike most card games, it can be played by three people with no problems at all.

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  19. Enjoy these old letters telling of his activities while headed to real danger. Hope he was successful at his card playing and sent your mom some of his winnings.

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  20. I really enjoyed this letter from your dad, particularly this bit: “Now this rumor comes from good authority seeing that it came from a fellow whose first sergeant is a second cousin to the uncle of the father of the first mate whose brother is third cook on this boat. Now, can’t you see why we are so glumly overjoyed?” He must have been quite a wag. Or as my dad used to say, “He’s quite a card; he’s the whole deck.”

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  21. Your dad learned a great game on the way to a destination unknown. Cribbage has been one of my favourite games since I came to Canada in 1965.

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  22. Super letter, GP. Thank you,

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  23. Cribbage! I’m teaching the 8 year old, but he always gets better hands than me (the little stinker! 😂)
    Thanks for another really interesting letter-my, those voyages must have been tedious!- and for some great chuckles and important commemorations.

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  24. The cartoons/memes are always the best!

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  25. Another revealing and delightful letter. Smitty was a very good writer. I’d hate to see what my writing would look like without editing and spell check.

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  26. Love Smitty’s explanation of how he found out about reaching port.

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  27. These letters are a great look back at those times. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Good post; always providing needed perspective. Don’t feel alone Re WP “improvements”, I resorted to having made direct links to pages -I use Firefox- on its home page to avoid WP obstructions.
    Their “block editor” is making editing a post cumbersome, so my links help to circumvent that.

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  29. I really enjoyed the way he authenticated the rumor! I really appreciate your sharing these bits of real-life history with us even if I don’t comment on every single one.

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    • I understand, Herb. I haven’t had time to comment on very many posts lately. I’ve even had to spend time looking for those people I lost in the latest WordPress glitch!!

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  30. Cribbage!!! For years I couldn’t even get the word past my lips! I played, badly and against my will, sooo much cribbage that I still cringe at the thought of it.

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  31. Can’t find anyone to play cribbage with any more – was a constant game growing up. Always enjoyed.

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  32. Playing badminton on a ship? Sounds like vacation in FL. 😉 What another between the lines heart touching letter, GP. Thank you for remembering on the Flag day, and the birthday! Have a beautiful week! Michael

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  33. I played badminton regularly in the 1970s and ’80s

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  34. Another great letter. He writes so well and with so much humor. I am sure your grandmother got a good chuckle!

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  35. “a fellow whose first sergeant is a second cousin to the uncle of the father of the first mate whose brother is third cook on this boat.” This gives me a mental exercise! Happy Flag & Army Day! Love the videos from the old posts!

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    • Dad gave us a sample of the ‘rumor mill’ pipeline. He came home saying that the Army taught him to believe 1/2 of what you see and None of what you hear! Thanks for taking a trip back to the other posts, Rose.

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  36. Like this post, GP. I can’t imagine how the officers were able to play badminton on a moving ship. Maybe they played indoors otherwise I expect that they would lose a lot of shuttlecocks overboard. I also wonder what the movie was. I remember a M*A*S*H episode where they were titillated by the prospect of a movie that was banned in Boston. Unfortunately for the hopeful, the movie was not the least risque’. When I was in Hungary, we had nightly DVD night–the problem was that there were not enough new DVDs to show a new one every night–never mind being at sea during wartime where getting almost anything new would have been a much worse problem than new DVDs from the PX or MWR.

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  37. How unfortunate that Cribbage and Badminton are not played much anymore, if ever.

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  38. I love your father’s humor? 🇺🇸

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  39. Hreat post! Made me feel nostalgic. I miss writing and receiving letters. Emails aren’t the same. And I miss being at sea. Before I got out of bed this morning I was thinking that if I was still in the Navy, I’d have been in for 43 years. And I wish I knew what movie he watched, so I could go watch it too.

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  40. Happy 246 Years GP!
    Even though the current state of our Military is FUBAR in every respect, I still believe that this Country will be The Land of the Free ONLY when it continues to be The HOME of the BRAVE.

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  41. Sweet letter to Mum 🙂

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  42. Great cartoons, GP!
    The letter makes good reading, and he described the famous ‘rumour-mill’ so well!
    Cribbage was the game of choice in London pubs when I was young, but I never did learn how to play it.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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