Americans were on the move. There was the preparations for a
big WAR, which most of us didn't know what it was all about but we
soon learned. Troops in training, troops moving, bases being prepared, bases being
supplied with the armors of WAR . The airplanes, the boats, the tanks,
the famous PT boats being built by Andrew Higgins, right here in New
Orleans. The wave of workers training and gearing up for the WAR effort.
a great change in our way of life. New Orleans was Port of Embarkation
(Oh, we learned new words every day.) Many, many soldiers, sailors and
marines were stationed here for some time and training before getting what
they called the "marching orders". The wives would come in for a few
weekends or a few weeks to be with their husbands for a last goodbye
before the husband was "shipped out". This was a very busy city.
Many romances were started right here in New Orleans. One of them was Margie's
sister, Irma Estrade. She met a fireman from Brooklyn and he was a soldier.
She married him and when he came back from the war, she moved to Brooklyn
where she had a very happy life with him and their baby
daughter and his large and friendly family.
|Lewis, John, Woodrow
Three of my
brothers went to WAR. Lewis was in the MERCHANT MARINE, John was in NAVY
and Woodrow was in the AIR FORCE. Then we had Earl working in Pearl
Harbor. Many times he wrote of enlisting, but our letters talked him out
|Woodrow & John meet
||John & Woodrow meet
By chance Woodrow and John met in the Pacific. Woodrow was working on
his plane (he was a flight mechanic) and he found out that John's ship
was at anchor close by. John would not be allowed to get off his ship,
but Woodrow was able to get the right signals to the ship and a native
paddled his canoe with Woodrow to the ship. Woodrow was taken aboard ship for a touching reunion.
Their picture and article were published in The New Orleans Item.
Rosemary ,my sister had brought the news to the
Item and we read the news. (I kept that news article for a very long
time until it just crumbled to pieces.)
Woodrow told me on another
occasion he was in the same port as John but conditions were such that
he was unable to get in touch with John.