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G-ma Ruth’s Diary – April 9, 1943

Diary

See this post for more information about my Grandmother’s diary.

April 9, 1943 – Friday

“One year ago today Bataan fell to the Japs.  Still no word of Earl.  Gladys Haskins sent a paper (Santa Fe) telling of Clark Lee being there.  He told a lot about our boys. Can only hope & pray I will hear soon that Earl is safe.  Felt pretty low.  Warmer today. Some wind!

Clark Lee wrote the book “They Call This Pacific”.  A copy of which my grandmother had and my father gave to me.  This is the article my grandmother was referring to in her entry.  She created a scrapbook of newspaper articles about what was happening in the Philippines. I am thankful that my father gave me this scrapbook before he passed away.

clark lee articleMon, March 29, 1943 – Page 1 – The Santa Fe New Mexican

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G-ma Ruth’s Diary – March 28, 1943

Diary

See this post for more information about my Grandmother’s diary.

March 28, 1943 – Sunday

“Another beautiful day. Went to show – Abbott & Costello. Got restless and decided to go home.  Tried to go to sleep early but not use to that. So read until about the usual time.  Looked at a cottage in S.H. (St. Helena). Surely would like to rent but rent paid here until Apr 23.  May get it after all.” 

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G-ma Ruth’s Diary – March 27, 1943

Diary

In 1943 my paternal grandmother, Frankie Ruth Fuller Pyatt Dourte, was living in St. Helena, California.  At that time her only son (my father, Earl E. Pyatt) was in the Philippines at the start of the WWII, was part of the Bataan Death March and was being held as a POW.  At the start of this diary, she had yet to receive word about his status.  He was only 20 years old.  She was married to my Dad’s step-father, Harley O. Dourte.  They both worked at the Mare Island Naval Station.  Harley had 3 sons of his own who were in the military.  They moved to St. Helena because they were sure that when their boys came back they wanted to be near to where they would most likely return to the U.S.  Her short, brief diary entries give a little glimpse of what her life was like during this time.

On the days she has an entry I will post it.

March 27, 1943 – Saturday

“Very nice day.  Laid off work for first time from the island as Harley was sick with flu.  Went to St. Helena to a show. Decided to stay with Carl as didn’t have to work Sunday.” 

Carl was Harley’s brother who lived in St. Helena at the time.

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