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I made a mistake in mentioning MacArthur in my last post about Stars
and Stripes as I had no personal information except hearsay to offer
(a lot of that going around about the war).
In the future I'll stick to my own experiences- to things I heard and saw.
I have been doing some background reading about the war from various
perspectives to check my own memories. And much of that is
controversial as well.
I have the letters I wrote back to my wife and a number of color slides
I took to aid in that as well.
I have been reading my letters and find that there are some things I
told her and some that I didn't- some memories that are quite vivid
and others that
One of my letters talks of a jeep accident (nobody hurt) where a jeep
carrying ice-cream overturned and GI's came out with mess kits to
gather it up and savor it.
But I can't recall the incident from memory.
I also described to her a lecture on Buddah I heard in a Red Cross
canteen in Pusan but I can't recall that either but it must have
been true since the letter was written on Red Cross stationery.
I don't recall the lecture but remember the canteen- and someone
there singing the song of Pusan University.
"Oh Pusan U- the Univesity that's grand- The best in all the land- Oh
Pusan you." and on and on with the last lines coming at appropriate
And I forgot all about Buddah- so much for culture.
I don't think I lied to her about anything.
I did soft pedal some of the action incidents so she wouldn't worry.
Memory is a difficult thing to get a firm grip on.
Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA