Wednesday, August 15, 2012

GLIMPSE OF ROMANCE DURING WORLD WAR II

During World War II, I made a week long train trip from Georgia to San Diego, California to be with my Marine husband before he was to be shipped out for action in the South Pacific.

Charles told me “girls” were a major topic of conversation am
ong these young marines in the barracks. This close knit unit of men passed around and pinned up pictures of girl friends and wives for the admiration of their brothers.

“The greatest generation” is a label that was later to be conferred on them. At this point they were just "men in the making" and still preparing for overseas duty and combat.

My husband was happy to announce to his buddies that a real Georgia peach was on her way to California. It was a week long train trip with crowds of soldiers and their wives as weary travelers.

Alas, soon after my arrival, I was quarantined at the Naval Hospital with Scarlet Fever. My Marine could only come over to sit on a wall outside the hospital window and look longingly inside and speak through the window.

One afternoon he brought a buddy to see his “pin up girl.” On this afternoon, the “Georgia Peach” was lying on her stomach with her feet toward the window.

The only thing my husband's buddy could think to say was, “She sure has beautiful feet."

112 comments:

Carol said...

Ahhh - finally the entire post with photo came through! Yea! What a wonderful and funny memory! I know that time being quarantined was frustrating for both you and Daddy, but it sure made for a great story!

Terrell said...

Do I have a good looking Mama!!! Thanks for sharing these memories, Mother.

Jane said...

Aunt Ruth, that is such a sweet story. And Terry is right....he does have a good looking mama!! We have good genes, don't we?

Anonymous said...

You were a real hottie. No wonder your husband called you his pin up girl.

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I agree with anonymous - you are quite the hottie! I think stories like this are priceless!

Anonymous said...

What a sweet story! That they were "men in the making" is such a profound comment, on an amazing generation of men.
Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I want to know the end of the story! Did you get out of isolation in time to visit with your husband?

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Have you considered putting some of your blog stories into a book? That would be interesting!

Ruth said...

Thanks for asking. The story has a wonderful ending that my children may not have heard. My husband got a "miracle) furlough to take me home and right back again to the Marine Base and to the South Pacifc until the end of the War. But he did get back safely from the war(several of out high school friends did not).

Susan said...

I love this story. I do hope you will tell 'the rest of the story' :)

Joan said...

What an interesting story. I love some of your phrasing, too (especially the comment about "men in the making" and "their brothers".

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I love these stories from times past.

Anonymous said...

I like that too Joan, "men in the making' is pretty cool.

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Mushy said...

You were a doll my dear. Thanks for sharing that with us.

Art MGySgt, USMCRet said...

What a great story! It's circulating around through many Marine's emails. A very special "Semper Fi" to you and yours..

Karen said...

I love your blog and your post! So I made your blog and your post "A Glimspe of Romance during World War II" The blog post of the day...
What a great story! Thanks!

Questing Parson said...

You need to get the kids to record this one for Story Corps.

Norma said...

This is a great story. We must have been there about the same time. My mom drove her 4 children to CA in 1944 to be with my dad before he was shipped out.

KARNA said...

I am just reading all your posts and the picture here in this one has the same exact dress that I have a picture of my mother in during this time frame. What a kick! She lived in Oakland CA and my dad was in WWII in France and we lived at my grandmas while he was gone. He was gone from the time I was 18 months til i was three. My mom would be 89 had she lived...but she passed away at age 81.

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Karna, Thanks for visiting. It is interesting to me to hear fom you...about your mother and you living with your Grandmother while your Dad was in serving in WWII. My sister-in-law was living with my mother when her son was born and a baby while my brother was in France. My two little girls and I lived in a house near my husband's parents. I am facinated that your mother's dress was like mine. I married as a teen and will be 87 in about 40 days. I went ot your BLOG but could not find a way to comment? ruthshaw@aol.com

ElizabethBennet said...

What a sweet story!!!! I love WWII Romance stories!! Of course I'm a hopeless romantic and love romance in general!

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You had previously mentioned that you also had two brothers in the Armed Service during WWII (Tom & Jack ). Were they Marines also? The Marines have always been the most close-knit military organization. Gotta love 'em.

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