Charles F. Bruns lived in the East Central Illinois town of Champaign. A local athlete, ‘Chick’ joined the Army in 1941. In October of 1942 he was sent to the European Theater. During his tour he was able to keep is daily thoughts in a journal that is presented here. Additionally, photos, letters written to home, news paper articles, and historic references will be shared.

Chick Bruns

May 22, 1945 – Tuesday

A4P98-3-600Worked on my books all day. We had a ball game tonight. Quite a game, 4 to 2. We lost. Went over to see Lore. Her father has just come home from Trestie. He seems like a swell fellow. Had a bottle of Romanian whiskey. Boy, it was stout stuff. We talked and then had some coffee. Came home to bed.

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May 21, 1945 – Monday

A4P97-4-600Same old thing over and over. Work, work, work. I never will get caught up. When it comes time to write letters I’m not in the mood so I don’t write. Went over to see Lore tonight.

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May 20, 1945 – Sunday

Chick & Lore

Chick & Lore

Slept late this morning. In the afternoon Moma and Lore and I went on a picnic up in the mountains. Really had a swell time. Got home about 10 o’clock and went to bed.

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Letter Home – May 19, 1945

19450519a-Lscan-600Dear Mother & Dad;

How’s things at home today? Here it is nine o’clock and it’s still daylight out. Boy I’m running myself down to a frazzle, ha, ha. It stays light to long now days. Not much to do. I work most of the day. Should be caught up in another week or so and then I can’t take it easy. We are going to get our company ball club into shape so we will be able to play some games. Maybe we can get a team like we had at Anzio. We have eight of our team players left from the team we had at Anzio. Should be able to pick up a little extra money playing ball.

It sure gets hot here during the daytime. I’m starting to 19450519b-Lscan-600get a good tan. Remember how I looked when I came back from down south on my vacation. If I keep on, I’ll be just as black. Boy that’s one thing I’m going to do when I get home and that’s rest for a couple of months.

I know you want me home mother & dad, but I doubt if I make it for some time. Probably about Christmas. Anyway it beats going to the Pacific. That’s one place I don’t want to go. I have enough points to get out on, but it’s going to take time to find someone to replace me. Well guess this is all for now so I’ll bring this to a close. By By, and I’ll write again soon.

Your Loving Son
“Chick”

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May 19, 1945 – Saturday

SONY DSCInspection today with the afternoon off. I still had to work. Went to the show in the evening and then over to the Strouses.

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May 18, 1945 – Friday

A4P94-5-600Kept busy all day again. Went over to see the Strouses. We had quite a talk.

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May 17, 1945 – Thursday

Our House

Our House

Boy, I was really kept busy today. Took time out to write a letter home and then the 1st Sgt. came down to move the civilians out of the house. It’s a shame as we really had a set up here. The people really treated us swell. They do our laundry and always have coffee for us. I helped them get their stuff ready. We were up until about 2 am.

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May 16, 1945 – Wednesday

A4P73-6-600Went over to Battalion and did a few other jobs. I have really been kept on the go. I work pretty hard all day and then we have our little snack at night. The trouble is we stay up too late and I get little sleep.

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May 15, 1945 – Tuesday

A4P75-1-600Still have a lot of work to do on my property book. Should get them into shape in a couple of days. Practiced ball and I went to a show. Had some coffee.

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May 14, 1945 – Monday

A4P90-4-600Boy, I really have the work today. Kept busy all day. Hope they get someone in the supply soon to help me. Played a ball game tonight and won 9 to 4. Had some coffee.

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