[Letter] 1944 September 15, New Guinea [to] Dr. Stoughton

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Title

[Letter] 1944 September 15, New Guinea [to] Dr. Stoughton

Subject

Anderle, Austin
Papua New Guinea
United States. Army. Information and Education Section

Description

Writes about the rain and heat and climate of New Guinea. Talks of his Information and Education work which handles radio shows, publications, and the formation of group study classes. Trautmann enjoys getting the men involved in this work and encloses an "Information and Education Fact Sheet" for Stoughton.

Creator

Trautmann, Lester Raymond

Source

Wagner College Archive, Horrmann Library

Date

9/15/1944

Contributor

Wagner College, Staten Island, NY

Is Part Of

A complete index to the letters in this collection can be found here: http://library.wagner.edu/wagnerarchive/StoughtonPDF/Correspondence index.pdf

Format

application/pdf

Language

eng

Type

text

Identifier

Trautmann2

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Text

LES TRAUTMANN
"SOMEWHERE IN NEW GUINEA"
Current Address:
I&E Section, Base F
APO 322, c/o Postmaster
San Francisco, Calif.

15 September/44

Dear Dr. Stoughton:
Life outside the territorial limits of the United States never ceases to amaze me. In my first weeks over here I dashed madly about this island until I thought I was in training for a traveling salesman's job; in recent weeks I have sought little beyond the area from my quarters to my office.
New Guinea isn't so bad right now. At first I sloshed about in the mud and the rain and became anoyed at the flies and other insects that sneak into the butter, jam and sugar bowls. Now I believe I am acclimated. I don't wear a raincoat unless it's raining a solid sheet of water. I don't notice the heat of the day nor the chill of the night. I'm among the best in flicking bugs out of the coffee milk with a minimum loss of milk and a heavy mortality rate among the bugs.
The fact that I get mail fairly regularly new couled with the fact that my work is absorbing my interest probably has a lot to do with my acclimation. I'm in the Information and

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Education Section of this base headquarters. I and E covers all the work formerly handled by Special Service with the exception of the Army Exchange Service, athletics and recreational facilities. In other words, we handle radio shows, newspapers, publications in general, formation of group study classes, Armed Force Institute work, information centers, and the like. I'm head of the information sub-section of our particular section and that is a man-sized task, I'm finding. The men want all we can give them, and we're kept on the go to keep them supplied. They want to know all the latest news, all about the war and the background for it, and what's hapening back home. Our effort is creative and that's what I like bout it. I get a chance to plan work for my men and to do creative writing on my own -- for our publication and for our radio shows. It's a new thing in this theatre, and it's really booming, for, like a certain oil, "they cry for it."
I've heard some news of other Wagner alumni and how they are doing their full share. The news about Austin Anderle came as a shock -- only last Christmas Ginnie and I came in on the Chicago train with him enroute to his farewell leave.
Any news you can cast this way will be snatched up and read by jungle newsman,
Les

[Information and Education Section "Fact Sheet," January 4, 1945, included with this letter]

Original Format

http://library.wagner.edu/wagnerarchive/StoughtonPDF/Trautmann2.pdf

Date Digital

2014

Citation

Trautmann, Lester Raymond, “[Letter] 1944 September 15, New Guinea [to] Dr. Stoughton,” Wagner College Archives and Special Collections, accessed May 20, 2022, https://wagnercollections.omeka.net/items/show/16367.