Letters Home – Back to the Pacific in 1943

There still are no letters to transcribe since the Battle of Casablanca (Operation Torch). But while I continue to pull some strings on Kucks and Grandma's mtDNA, I will give you scuttle butt from the U.S.S. Massachusetts. Big Mamie came home to Casco Bay in November after the Vichy French surrendered at Casablanca. The crew … Continue reading Letters Home – Back to the Pacific in 1943

Jacob Wigle of Wayne County, Ohio

Previously, I had written our Weigle/Wigle line up to Mary, wife of John Rhodes and mother of Daniel. I am reasonably confident that Mary Wigle was the daughter of Jacob Wigle and his wife, Elizabeth.  I agree with other researchers that this same Jacob is most likely the man who moved to Wayne County, Ohio, and … Continue reading Jacob Wigle of Wayne County, Ohio

WW II letters home – Operation Torch (November 1942)

Operation Torch Soon after the events at Pearl Harbor and the U.S. official entry into the war, military leaders had settled on the primary strategy of defeating Axis efforts in Europe before focusing on the Pacific threat.   https://youtu.be/_hFXXbgtIZw So in July 1942, while Kenney trained off Main's coast with his new shipmates aboard the recently … Continue reading WW II letters home – Operation Torch (November 1942)