By Frank Dietrich
Frank and Albert Dietrich have been exact twins whose lives took very differentdirections in the course of global warfare II. Drafted into the military Air Corps and educated asa radio operator, Frank used to be shipped to the Philippines in 1945, the place as a sergeantin the 5th Air strength he ready for the invasion of Japan. Albert, a pacifist,struggled mightily to turn into a conscientious objector and spent yearsbuilding dams, saving farmland, and aiding the negative at Civilian provider Campsin South Dakota, Iowa, and Florida.Raised in an in depth, spiritual, Pittsburgh family members, Frank and Albert have been inseparable asboys, sharing a powerful social moral sense. Divided through conflict, they saved in contact bywriting 1000's of letters to one another. The correspondence issues everythingfrom the day-by-day drudgery of service-loneliness, awful food-to heartfelt debatesabout struggle, peace, and patriotism.This soaking up collection of letters bargains clean views at the Americanexperience in the course of international battle II. the 1st released correspondence betweenGI and CO brothers, the letters are an uncommonly articulate chronicle of militaryservice and existence at the domestic entrance, together with GI marriage and parenthood. Backand forth, Frank and Albert additionally argued in regards to the makes use of of armed strength and pacifistnonviolence within the face of fascism and Nazism.Frank Dietrich's letters from Manila are vibrant descriptions of a liberated urban underan uneasy career. Albert presents an insider's view of the pacifist experience,especially the protracted efforts pacifists usually needed to salary to procure CO status.Together, the letters convey to existence other ways americans selected to serve theircountry in the course of one in every of its most deadly and critical occasions.
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Additional info for Army GI, Pacifist CO: The World War II Letters of Frank Dietrich and Albert Dietrich (World War II: the Global, Human, and Ethical Dimension)
Overseas camp might well suspect he was in a nudists’ camp,” he remarked. “Soldiers frequently lie about their tents, go to the shower or latrine stark naked. Filipino laundry girls are apparently quite accustomed to it now,” he noted. ”124 Even though most GIs in the Philippines did not possess a university degree or share his cultural interests, Frank formed quick friendships and participated in the camp’s social life. A. 125 Despite his friendships, Frank was disappointed with GI behavior and their lack of cultural knowledge and intellectual curiosity, though there were notable exceptions.
The liberation of the Philippines started in October 1944 with the assault on Leyte Island and the January 1945 invasion of Luzon, the main Philippine island and home to Manila. Landing in northern Luzon at Lingayen Gulf, MacArthur’s troops marched across Luzon and encircled Manila by midFebruary. General Tomoyuki Yamashita, the top Japanese army leader in the Philippines who commanded the 14th Area Army, divided his forces into three groups to defend Luzon and Manila. The Battle of Manila (February 3–March 3, 1945), which devastated the capital, was marked by brutal atrocities by Japanese defenders.
I know just how much you wanted to be married at home with all your family and friends, but I am so glad that you had sense enough to go ahead when Frank could get leave,” he wrote. ”66 In June, after visiting her family in Arkansas, Christine joined Frank in Wisconsin. ”71 But in March 1944, the AAF closed Tomah and transferred Frank’s outfit to Chanute Field, Illinois. 72 00_FM_Bennett_Fordham 5/10/05 10:10 AM Page 17 Introduction 17 Between March and May 1944, Frank attended the radio school at Chanute Field in Rantoul, Illinois.
Army GI, Pacifist CO: The World War II Letters of Frank Dietrich and Albert Dietrich (World War II: the Global, Human, and Ethical Dimension) by Frank Dietrich