This photograph was taken at my grandmother’s home on 26th Street in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. I assume my pap was home on leave after completing his basic training before heading to Fort George G. Meade in Maryland for cook school.
Here’s a final picture of my pap at Aberdeen Proving Ground, where he completed his basic training after being drafted into the Army of the United States in February 1946.
Looking closely at the side, it looks like someone named this tank “Martha Frances.”
Another cute comment from Grammie appears on the back of this photograph: “Look who’s trying to hold the tank up.”
It’s a little blurry, but here is a shot of an unidentified serviceman at the camp near Bowling Green, Virginia where my pap completed his bivouac training. I did a quick MapQuest search and Fort A.P. Hill is about three hours from where my pap completed his basic training at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.
Taken sometime in April 1946 at Fort A.P. Hill near Bowling Green, Virginia, this photograph shows my pap and fellow serviceman on a “bivouac” or camping excursion at the end of their basic training.
“Boy! Do I like white.” – Grammie’s caption
Another shot of my 18-year old grandfather in uniform during his basic training in Maryland.