Posted by: notsofancynancy | March 22, 2012

World War II, Chapter 4 National Guard

World War II

Chapter 4

National Guard

On 15 March 1939 Adolf Hitler declared “Czechoslovakia has ceased to exist.(Wikipedia) This was a scary time for my mother’s family who came to America from Bohemia, which was part of Czechoslovakia. I am not sure that my Father knew how much this event would have affected my great grand parents had they still been alive. This was the land of their childhood. But this is why they migrated to the United States of America, so their children would have a chance to be successful. They still had family there and for them to hear it had ceased to exist must have been shocking to their children. What does that even mean, it ceased to exist? In my mind I see a big bomb crater on the map where it used to be.  At this time in their relationship I am not sure my father knew where my mother’s family originated. But my dad did not need that as a reason to fight for his country. He fought because it was the right thing to do and he would be proud when it was all said and done. I as his daughter am proud to say he was my father.

Frank Warta Sr. and Emile Podlipsky Warta, My Great-great grandparents

Interesting enough exactly one year from that first mention about the war, on 5 September 1940 my father volunteers in the National Guards, in Lexington NE. The Draft was set into motion at the end of September. There is no talk in the letters about what he did do in the National Guards other than drills and guard duty. What he leaves out is what they are guarding.

Lefty in the National Guard 1940

October of 1940 there are some clues of getting mustered into the army when in a letter dated 21 October 1940 (the day before he becomes 21) he writes, “Well as far as I know we have the 25th of November. I don’t know definitely yet. I was kinda glad at the thought of leaving at first. But now I am not so sure I will like it.” And two days later, on the 23rd he writes “I would sure like to come down before I go to camp, but I guess I can’t. I had my picture taken so I’ll send you another just to show you what I look like in a monkey suit.

Lefty in the National Guard 1940

The next letter that was written on 6 November 1940, I include in it entirety.

“Dearest Vi,”

“Well we got home ok, not a bit of trouble. We got here about 11:30. That is to my brother-in-laws place.”
“I went to guard drill to-nite. We are leaving the 25th of Nov. Definitely. That is what they told us tonight. “
“We didn’t go to work until noon today. Because the wind was blowing so bad. I should have written sooner but I was catching up on some sleep. I wonder why.”
“Only one thing wrong we couldn’t stay long enough.”
“I hope you can come up before we leave. Cause a whole year is sure going to be a long time away from you.”
“Well I guess I’ll have to close now and go to bed.”
“All my love”
“Lefty”
“Remember I love you very much”

Well there you go! It looks like they met and fell in love, or he really fell in love with her. And what’s with this George guy? Is he jealous or is he avoiding dad??? Humm I wish I knew.

On 11 November 1940 he writes;

“Dearest Vi,
Here are the pictures I finally got them. George hasn’t seen them yet. I haven’t seen him since we got back. I don’t know what’s the matter with him is. Please send these back and you can write on the back of each picture if you want it and how many you want. I’ll get them for you.”
“A new order has come out and the date for leaving is postponed indefinitely. The hospital at Camp Robinson is not completed and we can’t go until it is. So I cannot tell you definitely when we go. They told us last Monday that we would leave for sure the 25th and then today is was different.”
“I have been wishing a million times a day that I was back down there Cause I sure miss you. I’ll live in hope that I’ll get to see you before I go to camp.”
“All my love and Most of my kisses. (I have to save some for the baby)”
“I still love you”

Wait did I read that right? He has to save some for the baby??? What baby? Have they even kissed yet? Oh my! They have to be kidding each other. My mom is only 17 years old at this time and Dad just turned 21. He has been in the National Guards for a little over two months. I guess mom liked a man in a monkey suit.

© 2012 notsofancynancy

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Responses

  1. Love your story Keep um coming. The above photo is of? I have a photo of my dad sitting on an elderly ladies lap with his twin and looks to me like its the same lady in above photo..but don’t know the year that was taken (above) He was born in 1936..

    • Thank you Kelly. I am not sure which lady you are talking about but their are only two different ones The one with the old man is a pictures of my great grandparents on my mother’s side. Emile Podlipsky-Warta she passed away May 1927. The young lady is my mother.

  2. Reblogged this on po11ycheck.

  3. I’m totally loving this story! The photos are so great 🙂

    • Thanks It means a lot that you are enjoying it!

  4. lots of strength-very much appreciated!

    • That is one thing I can say about Dad, he was the strongest man I knew.


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