Thursday, January 1, 2009

About Letter 1

For induction 18 year old William W. Taylor, Jr. left his home in North Hollywood, California and was sent to Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, California. In this, his first letter home he is already griping about the food. He describes a total blackout and notes the absurdity of a blackout on the base while the shipyards below (of San Pedro) "are so lit up that it seems like day!"


  1. These letters are great, Greg. I have put your blog among the ones I follow. I want to see how this young GI makes it through the war.

  2. Thanks for the comment David. The letters are fascinating to be sure and continue right through the German surrender and the occupation of Stuttgart, where my father served as a driver for "Stars and Stripes" among other things.


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