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FROM THE VAULT

By Staff | Jun 26, 2015

August 2nd, 1945

Sent July 20th. From Johnny DuPuis with the 7th Naval Construction Bn. Western Pacific.

Dear Frank,

I’ve been going to write for some time and finally have set about doing it. My contact with home news has been much better since I’ve started to receive the Tribune I find it interesting to read of the many places the service men and women from Rugby are located. There are several on this island but I’ve seen only one fellow CENSORED. He told me he has seen Ellingson (who was in the hardware store) and CENSORED. I read in the Tribune that CENSORED is also here. Surely wish I could see some of the other guys, to just sit and shoot the breeze.

I’ve been here since CENSORED, which was soon enough. I’ve seen many things, but the first large air battle was one experience I shall never forget. It seemed like high school days, rooting for our team, and they certainly chalked it up. Four CENSORED didn’t make it home, nor their CENSORED. It seemed they ended like they all will eventually, in a watery grave, or buried on a hillside. It has been rather quiet of late, but every now and then we have nuisance parties.

The Sea Bees are doing a great job out here. Enough credit cannot be given to them. They’ve “paved the roads to Tokyo” from island to island, as we kid the marines- “We’ll welcome you at the beach when you invade Tokyo harbor.” .

It will certainly be a great day when it’s all over and those of us at Rugby who are fortunate to return home can thank god, I guess.

I understand the weather has been rather chilly. Certainly hope the crops are not hurt. Sure do miss everything at and around home. Those “wide open spaces” will be appreciated more than ever. I’m sure if the folks keep buying bonds that we will all be home much sooner .

I wish to thank the many friends who extend their sympathy over the loss of my brother, Camille

Sincerely,

Johnny

September 4th, 1945

Sent from McChord Field, Wash., By Cpl. Kathryn V. Jundt

Just noticed the expiration date on my last issue of the Tribune, so since I cannot get along well without it will enclose the proper fee to cover charges for the next six months. The reason for the short renewal is due to the fact that we may be dissolved by the end of six months. It may be merely wishful thinking, but believe me, it is consoling nevertheless. Just to have the hostilities ceased is in itself our greatest reward. It will seem so wonderful to see all our boys come back home and thru the goodness of home and thru the goodness of God they practically all will return.

Well, our rains have come once again, and undoubtedly we’ll be showered almost every day until next May. It’s been so dry all summer that now we really appreciate and enjoy these first few days of it.

Well, Frank, the army Big Brass has finally recognized me, wandering around amongst the thousands who still haven’t been decorated in any way and so to repent for their negligence have agreed to corporealize me. Boy, it’s terrific to be able to tell the next guy off, but as yet haven’t developed enough courage to try myself out on anyone. Anyway, it is an opportunity for relief, don’t you agree? I’m pleased not to have disappointed Father Boniface as I did promise him I would make at least one rating before I got out of the army.

It’s time to go to routine so until I see all of you, which I’m hoping will be the first part of October, adieus and good luck.

Sincerely,

Cpl. Kathryn V. Jundt

June 23rd, 2015

Glancing through the archives, finding the articles from WWII create a thought provoking view, since these letters show a first-person view of the war. The letters from soldiers are more than interesting to read, and the propaganda put through the pages give constant reminders for readers to buy war bonds. Johnny DuPuis wrote the first letter on July 20th, 1945. As most of us know, World War II ended September 2nd, 1945. This was because of a huge role played by the SeaBees, and Johnny makes it clear he was close to them. What makes this more interesting, is that he was stationed on the Japanese island Okinawa. The battle of Okinawa ended June 23, 1945, and had 65,000 Allied casualties. The U.S government censored some of Johnny’s letter, making it difficult to see just who else he was stationed with. I wish I could have found more details on him, but I was only able to find information on his brother, Camille. Camille had served the European, African, and Middle Eastern Theater. He was a Private First Class. Sadly, Camille died May 10, 1945, and is buried in Cambridge, England.

Kathryn Jundt started serving in the U.S Army August 19, 1944. From looking through the records at The Heart Of America Library, it looks like Kathryn was able to make it home. I wasn’t able to find much history on these two, but I hope they were able to return to their friends and family in Pierce County, North Dakota.

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