JOSEPH M. GREGO 1941 - 1942 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A NEW JERSEY BOY WHO TRAINS FOR WAR BUT ENDS UP FIGHTING IN A COURTROOM
NEW JERSEY FORT MCCLELLAN ALABAMA 1941 Good+ Manuscript
This is the personal 1941-1942 diary of Joseph M. Grego of 110 Bright St., Jersey City, NJ. Grego served with the US Armed Forces during WWII [Service #32074892]. He enlisted on June 5, 1941 at 23 years-old. He was stationed at Fort Dix, NJ, Camp Croft, SC, Fort McClellan, AL, as well as California. In his diary Grego outlines his training including, drill, inspections, trench warfare as well as range practice on a number of different types of firearms and bayonets. July 5, 1941: "Extended drill, barracks inspection, in bed with sunburn, went to a dance and met a girl from Virginia. Rain. July 14, 1941: "Had instruction with 45 caliber revolver, appointment with dentist, two teeth filled, extended order drill, saw 'Buck Privates' Rain." August 6, 1941: "Filled fortifications, digging fox holes, missed athletics, boxing, went to show and saw 'Blood and Sand'." August 13, 1941: "Climbed trees and laid wire across trees, telephone instruction and use. Cleaned barracks. Went to bed." Like most servicemen Grego suffers from the boredom of living on a base. To occupy his time he goes on leave, writes letters home, goes drinking, gambles with friends and goes to socials and dances. Feb 2, 1941: "Went on a trip to Stockton, went skating and met a blonde (named) Lois..." Sept 2, 1941: "Rifle marksmanship. Went to tavern and got drunk." Sept 28, 1941: "Stayed at camp all day. Washed clothes, went to a show and saw Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Dec 3, 1941: "Worked in Regiment. Played cards with Manny in tent...lost $112." While Grego is stationed at Fort McClellan, AL, he works with military justice on the court martial of other officers. His entries don't go into to much detail but he records case loads, working in court, interviewing witnesses as well as preliminary inquiry preparations. This diary begins on July 1, 1941 and runs until Feb 20, 1942 with an entry for each day. The diary is written in a card stock bound, "Roto-Process Soldiers Diary", and contains a personal information page, a military information section, the diary section followed by a directory listing the names and addresses of individuals mentioned in the diary pages. Overall G.