November 1942-March 1943 — Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky and Evansville, Indiana
Frank Nappe enlisted in the U.S. Army on October 13, 1942 at Hartford, Connecticut. By the end of November he was stationed at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky. After basic training was completed, he and his buddy, Earle Waldemeyer, would have overnight passes to Evansville, Indiana. The Otto Koch family of Evansville were involved in USO and Navy Mother's Group activities supporting the USO. As a veteran of WWI, Otto Koch and his wife would invide several soldiers home with them on Friday evening for a chance to be in a 'real' house and sleep on their floor or couch instead of the Armory cots or floor. Frank and Earl became frequent weekend visitors during their time at Camp Breckinridge. Otto Koch had a veteran's life license for fishing/hunting in Indiana and would take the soldiers with him. The Koch's two teenage daughters looked up to and enjoyed the company of the soldiers. The family even hosted Frank's Mother and then fiancee when the two women traveled from Connecticut to see Frank. Frank and Earle would both write to the family after they left Camp Breckinridge for further training.