Where were you, what were you doing and what was the aftermath for you ?
I was a typical "High School Harry", just into my sophomore year at Paschal High School, Fort Worth, Texas.
Mom wouldn't "sign me away", so I ended up drafted, July-43.
Thence to the Field Artrillery ReplacementTraining Center, Fort Sill, OK, for three months of basic training, then selected for the Cadre for the next 16 months or so.
Since the war was winding down, the Cadre was pulled out, and my group went to Fort George C. Meade, MD, for "more advanced training", or how to do overnight hikes in the dead of winter.
Shipped out of Camp Patrick Henry, VA, by way of Hampton Roads, VA, P/E, mid-Jan-45, on the GENERAL W.P.RICHARDSON, bound for Naples.
Spent a brief period at a Repo-Depot out of Caserta, then went to the line as a replacement , 985th Field Artillery Battalion, II Corps, Fifth Army.
Thankfully, had just over 100 days on the line. when our part of the war ended, 2 May 45.
While undergoing staging for trans-shipment to the States, then on to the Pacific, we were all pleasedwith the dropping of the A-Bombs on Japan, and their suddden surrender, 15 Aug 45.
The rest of my tour was gravy...three months at the University of Florence taking Commercial Law and Basic Italian Language courses...a week leave in the Swiss Alps...a couple of months on staff at AEF Headquarters, Caserta...home and discharged, 11 Mar 46.
That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
Louie F. Turner