How I complied with their requirements to make Babe's information part of the record.
Another short V-mail while still hospitalized for his combat wound. Apparently, someone spilled the beans about his wound in his former high school. And who is "the old boy"?
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.
Babe was able to spin out a decent letter, in spite of suffering from the boredom of a long hospital stay after his injury. " There is a movie in the hospital which plays three times a week. The rest of my time is spent either thinking or reading at a ratio of three to one."
I was reminded about the picture my son took on Interstate 44 of the "Purple Heart Trail" signs in Missouri, now that we've gotten to Babe's letters in which he describes being wounded and subsequently receiving his Purple Heart. Putting together the pieces that I've gathered over the years continues to help explain more about how Babe met his end in May 1945.