Gee Ma, I wanta go HOME!
"I want to just hit lightly on ...how well the
Army took care of us., and I really appreciated it...because we were deactivated on
December the 20th. I was in California. Word came down that the base commander
should provide aircraft ...get the WASP as close to home as possible, and I thought, well,
that's not too bad.
The base I was on, they assigned a BT-13. There were two of us...one going to Philadelphia, one to Pittsburgh.
Fine deal, two second lieutenants.
...I didn't have any money. After we
cleared the base I had a quarter. And I thought well, that's no problem, the Army
will take care of us, after all it's only five days till Christmas. They'll be
A classmate said, "Well, I owe you
ten dollars, so here's ten dollars." So, I left California with ten dollars and
twenty five cents.
We got as far as Las Vegas. First stop...and
for some mysterious reason, most of these BT's just had to be grounded. And the two
lieutenants said, "See ya later!"
I lived in OPS (Base Operations), I slept in
OPS, I ate donuts till they were coming out of my
ears. I took the twenty-five cents, changed it into nickels, and I spent my
time putting it in ... "Mom, I'm in Las Vegas. Could you send me fifty
dollars?" "Mom," I was somewhere else, you know, I forget where,
"could you send me fifty dollars?" She says, "I sent you fifty
dollars." I said, "Well, I didn't get it."
My mother spent over three hundred dollars...
Christmas Eve, I didn't get any money and I'm in Akron. So...I called my
mother...the last nickel. The ten dollars was long gone, and she says, "I can't
help you," and I say, "we have an aunt here...we don't talk to her, but... do
you think---- for the sake of the war..."
So, she put me on a bus.
Anyway, that's my story. It was nice
talking to you. Good luck & happy flying!