Draft Notices

Although this isn't my dad's draft notice, he received one like it. He had already served three years in the Army from 1933 to 1935. That didn't exempt him from service during WW II, however.  He received his reclassification from 4 A to 1 A the day after I was born.  The draft requirements changed … Continue reading Draft Notices

Train Stations–WW II

        The Ottawa, Kansas train station still stands, although today it serves as a museum. Sitting forty-five miles southwest of Kansas City, it has seen its share of departures and homecomings. On a late October night, 1945, my dad arrived from his mandatory trip of almost a year in France and Germany … Continue reading Train Stations–WW II