World War II Son's birthday wishes: "I'll take you away from Dad for a night"

World War II Son's birthday wishes: "I'll take you away from Dad for a night"
At Truax Field, Frank joined the "Service Club." It seemed they were in "service" of having fun, like this singing group.

In Frank's last letter, he wrote about the fun he had playing with a little kid. Here's another example of this 18-year-old's sweet, loving side. His mom's birthday is coming up (on July 31st, when she'll turn 56.) He tells her about the lovely present he has in mind and wishes he could "take her away" for an evening. The sentiments in this letter would choke up any mom!


Madison, Wisconsin

July 6, 1943

Dear Mom,

 The time of the year is coming when you are about to celebrate another birthday and I know you won’t approve of my asking but what would you like for a present? They have some beautiful pearl necklaces at the main P.X. That would look beautiful on a dark dress and if you could use them I’d love to get them for you. I wish you would let me know early so if you don’t need them I could think of something else.

 I wish I could be there. We would sure have a swell time. I’d take you away from Dad for one night and the two of us would go out and have a swell time but I’m afraid we will have to postpone that till the duration of 6 months.

 I’ve been feeling pretty good these past few days and I hope it keeps up. I hope you too are in good health as I am.

 How’s Dad’s knee these days? Make him take it easy and don’t you work yourself to death on those damn buildings. 

The whistle is blowing so I’ll have to stop writing and hit the sack. Till I can write again I wish you and all the other folks the best of health. 


Your son,


Original letter below. 

Ebner LTRs 1943-07-06 to Mom-1 Ebner LTRs 1943-07-06 to Mom 2-2

 Ebner LTRs 1943-07-06 to Mom 3-3

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    I was born and raised on Chicago's West Side, where the Gartz family lived and worked for most of the 20th century. After my mom died in 1994, my brothers and I poked around the the attic of my parents' home and discovered a trove of letters, diaries, documents, and photos that had been saved for almost a century. Taken as a whole, they focus a lens on the history of our city and life in another era, as seen through the eyes of regular folks. Go to where you'll find my blog, Family Archaeologist (a clickable link is on the "About Letters of a World War II Airman" page). There you can explore this historical treasure trove that illuminates history and our shared humanity. I started my blog, "Letters of a World War II Airman," on the 70th anniversary of the date my uncle, Frank Ebner Gartz, was drafted into World War II military service. You can see that first post and the first three months of 1943 letters at my website, All future letters will be posted on this blog. I'm an author, archivist and television producer. Please visit my website,, to see my published articles and an overview of my television productions.

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