Thursday, September 3, 2015

Windsor Locks 1942

The first letter from Howard to Margaret is dated Jan. 19, 1942, from Company F, 30th Quartermaster Regiment, Air Base, Windsor Lox (sic), Connecticut.  The letter is addressed to Margaret Kruman, Palm Bay, Florida, % Cap't. Harry Wilson.

So Howard enlisted in the Army in 1940 and in January 1942 is at an Air Base at Windsor Locks, Connecticut, Bradley Field, now Bradley International Airport and a dual use military facility with the U.S. Air Force.  He is "still working in Personnel," which "is very enjoyable."  This is after Pearl Harbor, and within a year after Connecticut turned over the land to the U.S. Army.  I fly in and out of Bradley at least once a year to visit friends who live in western Massachusetts.

Margaret lived in Kentland at this point, with her first husband, J.W. "Bud" Kruman, but has taken a trip to Florida.  It is clear that Howard and Margaret have already been corresponding and possibly more:

When I was growing up, Howard kept a steady stream of magazines, including Time, Newsweek, Life, the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Harper's, not always all at the same time.

Andrews Sisters, "The Shrine of St. Cecelia."

I love that he calls her "my little honey child."

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