Lyman County, South Dakota  Genealogy


 Military Letters, WWII

As found in old newsletters.
Transcribed by barbara stallman-speck

Restored   Thursday, March 04, 2010 

  Richard Reuer in States     May 1945

    Richard Reuer, who joined the navy from Lyman County over a year ago and located in the east, is back in the states. He landed in Boston, Mass., recently with 4,000 or more Yank soldiers, some with their brides, who are being discharged from the service.
    Richard is on the USS Hermitage and one of the Boston daily newspapers  gave the landing of the Hermitage and its cargo a big play and Richard says in his letter:
    I am sending you some papers from a Boston paper. On the steamer are Richard Reuer, S1/c Richard Reuer of Reliance; John Paine, S1/c of Kennebec and Ray Van Pelt, S1c of Mitchell.
    I am getting the Advocate Leader regular now and enjoy reading the hometown news. Kindly mail the clippings to Chamberlain as i would like to save them as souvenirs.
    We are all on a 48-hour liberty looking over some of the city. It feels sort of good to get your feet on land again after a voyage at sea.
    The following news item appeared in one of the clippings: Almost lost in a cheering, waving sea of khaki that comprised 4,000 American soldiers home from the wars in Europe. 100 hushed and wide-eyed war brides arrived here today to make their homes in the New World, sailing up Boston Harbor on a huge three-decked transport. Tugs, dwarfed  by the big gray ship nosed into Commonwealth Pier shortly after noon, while police and fire boats carried out an order from Mayor Kerrigan to split the skies with whistles of welcome.
No wonder Richard wants to keep the clipping for they make some interesting reading.



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