His brother Bob muses in the last letter about whether Babe could have come home after VE Day. … More Would Babe Have Had Enough Points to Come Home?
I visited the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis on Friday. There wasn’t much to see. The file mostly contained my correspondence from 20 years ago. But there was some new information about Babe’s war injury. … More New Information from a Visit to the Archives
A little detour to look into the 64th General Hospital in Livorno, Italy, where Babe spent a significant portion of his time overseas. … More Christmas 1944 Dinner at the 64th General Hospital
Contrasting the less-than-12-hour hospital stay when my daughter had an appendectomy against a nearly two-month hospitalization Babe endured after his combat injury when he was “slightly wounded in the right fifth toe.” Times have changed, and apparently WWII helped spark some of that change. … More A Tale of Two Hospitalizations: Babe’s Long Stay During WWII
The last three 1944 letters I’ve transcribed from Babe have relatively large gaps between them — July 22, Aug. 6 and Aug. 31 — and they seem to give a little hint about where he might be. … More Attempting to Identify Babe’s Location from the Clues in His Letters