Pause in Blog

Whether permanent or not, this blog is now combined with my other one Alchemy of Clay. http://blackmtnbarb.blogspot.com/
go there, and then follow me over there. The personal and genealogical archives, and Black Mountain NC scenery and my potting life are combined. It's a good thing.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Teens in uniforms

"D" Co. '34  What is this?  My mother's album, I think.  She graduated Thomas Jefferson Highschool in '34, I think.  San Antonio, Texas.  That's where she met my father.  If he's on that field, I sure don't know.  He didn't ever serve in uniform, I do know.

Here's my mother, Mataley, on the left. 

Did they write letters to soldiers later when they went to war?  Perhaps.

I personally had 2 soldier pen-pals.  One served in the Air Force in Korea in the 50s.  And the other was in the Coast Guard on isolated duty in the Aleutians of Alaska for a year, and then I married him when he returned to civilization.  Sorry, no pictures remain.  But I did enjoy our correspondences.

Check Sepia Saturday HERE for more about soldiers and writing correspondence.






12 comments:

Wendy said...

In high school we wrote letters to soldiers in Vietnam. I got a response from someone who wanted to continue writing but my parents wouldn't let me. They thought he sounded a bit too forward.

Jo Featherston said...

That a shame you didn't save the letters.

La Nightingail said...

My brother joined the U.S. Navy during the time of the Vietnam War & our family went to the airport to see him off where I met a fellow in the Green Berets who was also leaving. He seemed very nice & he asked if he could write to me so I gave him my mailing address & we exchanged several letters over the next few months. He wrote to tell me he was flying in to San Francisco & wanted to come see me, but when he got there, I got a telephone call from him saying he'd been arrested for some stupid thing, which he never quite explained, & was in jail and could I please come bail him out? And that was the end of that relationship, pen-pal or othewise. Whew!

Little Nell said...

Those are very smart uniforms the young ladies are wearing. What an unusual name your mother has, but very pretty one.

Mike Brubaker said...

Swords, even ceremonial ones, used to be required for all kinds of military displays. Even women cadets used to have them I think.

Kristin said...

I did write to a friend who was in the army and in Germany during the Vietnam war. I have a Christmas card he sent from there that I forgot all about until just now! Maybe I should post it.

boundforoz said...

So what are the uniforms the women are wearing. Are they some form of cadets ?

Karen S. said...

They sure look pretty in such lovely uniforms!

Sharon said...

I agree with others, they are lovely uniforms.

Did you know your husband prior to writing to him or was he a random pen pal? When I was in primary school I had a couple of pen pals that the school had chosen (a german girl and a boy from Singapore).

anyjazz said...

"Pen Pal"
Now there's a term that would get us one of those condescending stares followed by a disdainful roll of the eyes from most of today's youth. An easier time back then, in many ways.

Alex Daw said...

They are very smart uniforms those girls are wearing indeed!

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Hi, have been reading and posting comments, but forgot to reply to them. A question about my correspondence with my future husband...yes I met him and spent at least 2 evenings with him before we began writing letters.
I don't know what the girl cadets were called, and how they related to the many young men who were marching about...or why.