Smitty ~ Letter X

This is not a “travel” blog like my own, but it is still one of my favorites. In particular, I love it when Mr. Cox publishes letters from “Smitty.”

Pacific Paratrooper

11th Airborne preparing to jump. (soldier turned around appears to be Smitty) 11th Airborne preparing to jump. (soldier turned around appears to be Smitty)

In Dobodura, New Guinea, the 457th began to notice severe shortages in their sugar supply.  As it turned out, there was a major boot-legging operation in progress.  With the absence of alcohol, the men felt ‘necessity would be the mother of invention’, but they were caught with their stills in production.  The makeshift liquor companies were immediately put out of business.

My father had other ideas.  Smitty’s ingenuity was unfailing.  He used to tell me, “If you think hard enough, there’s a solution to every problem.”  After years of having tended bar, this was going to  be right up Smitty’s alley.

Letter # 10 has been previously published by “Whistling Shade” magazine in 2007.  I submitted it during their war story inquiry.


Letter X                                          “Jungle Juice”                                  Monday 7/17/44

Dear Mom,  The title of this letter, at…

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About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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2 Responses to Smitty ~ Letter X

  1. GP Cox says:

    Thank you for this reblog. I know most everyone who reads it, makes it their favorite one. I hope your readers like it as well. Smitty certainly had a sense of humor (and a thirst).

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  2. GP is always informative and often thought provoking. Thanks for sharing the post. Smitty’s letters return us to World War II. –Curt

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