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Pearl Harbor Survivor - Phillip L. Daffron

My maternal Grandparents both had brothers in WWII who were friends. My grandmother's brother, Phillip Daffron was stationed at Pear Harbor when Japan attacked on December 7th, 1941. My grandfather's brother Arlis Anderson joined on January 22, 1942. You have to click on the photos for them to enlarge.

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Childhood Photo:

Plano, Texas

Phillip Daffron

 Riding a turkey. His father was a Special Breeder of Battleship Bronze Turkeys

Phillip Logan Daffron

Phillip Daffron

Born: 9 Jan 1915  Plano, Texas

Died: 24 Mar 1986  Dallas, Texas

Parents:  John Marshall Daffron and Maude Salmon Daffron

Spouse:  *Mildred "Millie" Vrandac Hall

Children :     Phillip Logan Daffron, Jr.

Military Service:   He entered military on 15 June 1940.

He was discharged from the military on 26 Jul 1945.

He attained the rank of Captain. His decorations and citations were: Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon , 2 Bronze Stars, the American Defense Ribbon.

His occupational specialty was Field Artillery Battalion Liaison Officer. He was a "marksman" with a 45 caliber pistol.

Received no wounds during his length of service,

College: Texas A & M.

Texas A&M

Phillip L. Daffron
This photo looks like about the time he was at A&M.

Post Card from College Station, TX to his sister

College Station, TX

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 Dear Jennie,

I'm going to try to come home Fri so ask Arlis if he wants to go to the Fair with me Fri nite.  I got your letter this morning  and was glad to get it.  I'll see you Friday then of this week.

Lots of Love, Phil

Graduation

College Station, TX

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He graduated from The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (Texas A & M) on 4 Jun 1937 in College Station, TX.   He received his reserve officer's commission at A & M.

In June of 1940 the Army called up the reserve officers for six months active duty.  He was sent to Fort Sam Houston, Texas.  When asked if he would take an assignment overseas, he said yes, but only Hawaii. (They had given him 3 choices, Alaska, Phillippines, or Hawaii).

Post Card during World War II

Honolulu, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

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Post Card to Mrs. O.D. Anderson (his sister)

Lt. Phillip L. Daffron 8th Field Artillery

Schofield Barracks

Territory of Hawaii

Dear Jennie:

This is ship I sailed on. We dock in about 4 hours above is my address so write real soon. I am getting thrilled. Love

Phil

(along side of card written) Appreciated wine so much.

Post Card during World War II

Honolulu, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

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:ost Card to Mr & Mrs. J.K. Daffron  (his brother & sister-in-law)

Lt Phillip L. Daffron

8th Field Artillery

Schofield Barracks

Territory of Hawaii

Dear John & Zola

This is the ship I sailed on. We dock in about 4 hours. Above is my address so write soo. I'm sure getting excited. It's hot too.

Love Phil

Post Card during World War II

Honolulu, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

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Post Card to Mrs. O.D. Anderson

8th F.A.

Schofield Barracks, T.H.

Dear Jennie

I've been awfully busy since I've been here so I'll write later. I like it fine and it surely is pretty over here. Did you get the pictures sent to San Antonio?

Love Phil

Trip to Kentucky to visit Father's family.

Kentucky

Phillip, Ruth, John, Jack Daffron

He traveled with Ruth, Jennie Maude, John, Zola and Jack in Aug 1933 in Monticello, Kentucky.

 

Photo from left to right:  Phillip, Ruth, John and John's son Jack.

Post Card during World War II:

Honolulu, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

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 Post Card to Mr. & Mrs. J.K. Daffron

8th Field Artillery

Schofield Barracks

Territory of Hawaii

Dear John & Zola

Arrived O.K. and didn't get sea-sick. This sure is a pretty place & I like it very much. Went around the Island Sunday &

also went thru the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Write Soon- Love, Phil

Letter from World War II:

Schofield Barracks, T.H.

Phillip Daffron in Hawaii before Pearl Harbor

Dearest John & Zola-

I was so glad to get your letter and have all the news. I enjoyed it so much. Wish you would write more. Of course, I could do better my self so I'll try.

I sent you a couple of pairs of salt & peper shakers today, hand made in Hawaii. I got them for 45ยข a pair so that's the reason for two pair. I think they are typical of Hawaii. Hope your friend likes them. Don't send me any money for souvenirs because come Christmas I'm going to send everyone some for a Christmas present. However, don't expect too much so our family is pretty big as you know.

Well, I don't think I'm going to get in the air corpes. My Colonel disapproved my application, and I talked with him a long time about it but he wouldn't change his mnd. He said he wouldn't let any of his trained artillery officers leave here 'til their time was up. I'm kinda glad now 'cause I would have had to stay three extra years in the army and I don't want that. I'd like to get out as quick as I can and get started in some business 'cause I can't afford to waste any more time.

By the way, John, my car is paid for now. I paid for it in August. I borrowed $200 here for three months for $2.00 and with what I saved, I paid off the bumper note. And now I've already paid this bank so I'm completely out of debt for the first time since I've been out of school. If you hear of any good place to invest some mney, let know because after the first of the year I'm sure going to save some. No telling what will happen when I get out. I have the note you co-signed with me for the car. I'd like to keep it. My car is running fine and looks about as good as the day I bought it. I keep it shined and clean. Have to or it will rust over here. I've gotten 99 out of it on this island. I quit driving fast though after the cops got me. Didn't cost but $10.00. I was driving 65 in a 35 mile zone. How's the Zephgr doing?

Sure wish you all could come over here. We could sure have a time at some of the places here. However, it sure cost so I don't go out very much. I've met quite a few girls and have been having a pretty good time. In this climate you take about three good drinks and you're tight. Sure doesn't take much. But don't tell anyone I even told you this.

How is Lonzo? I hope his leg is better now. Tell them all hello for me. How are the boys? They'll be so big when I get back, I'll probably won't recognize them. Tell them hello for me and I'll send them something for Christmas. Must close now so don't guess I'll see you Christmas. Probably be another year but it won't be long. Do write soon, and hope all of you are well.

Love, Phil

 

**Note**  He kept the car until his battery shipped out for Guadalcanal.  It had not been damaged except for chipped paint.  He sold it to a family in Honolulu.  It was a 1940 Dodge.  Green.

Pearl Harbor Survivor

8th Field Artillery - Schofield Barracks Pearl Harbor.

 The Barracks is located about 18 miles from Pearl Harbor. About 7.53 am. (1st wave) the Japanses began stafing gunfire at Wheeler Army Airfield (located next to Schofield) and the battleships lined up in Pearl Harbor's Battleship Row. They came in two waves.  The first was 183 fighters, bombers and torpedo planes, hit at 7:53 a.m. The second, 35 fighters, 78 dive-bombers and 54 high-altitude bombers hit at 8:55. By 9:55, it was all over. At the Barracks crews were racing to get into battle positions. Japanese gunfire destroyed most of the Army Air Corps fighter planes, including the Warhawks, clustered around the field's aircraft tower on Hanger 4. 

  About six weeks before the attack, the army had begun alerts, kind of like a fire drill, about once a week.

My uncle Phil's BOQ was about 2 blocks from Wheeler Airfield. That Sunday, he woke up to all the noise about 5 till eight.  He threw on a robe and ran outside.  First thing he saw was an airplane with the rising sun painted on the side.  He thought the Marines were sure putting on show for this alert.  He ran out into the street and as the plane was shooting it's machine gun the empty shells fell down on top of his car.  He went back inside to catch the radio.   They were saying:  This is not a drill! This is not an alert! This is the real thing!  He started getting dressed and shortly after got a call to report.  Everyone and everything was in confusion.  They were trying to get live ammo from the Supply Sergeant but he kept tell them he had no orders to give it to them.  He finally got his orders and passed out ammo.  On the way to their field position they passed Pearl Harbor.  The Hospital ship was the only one still afloat.   All others were hit, half sunk or sunk.  All they could think is  ....this can't be happening.   His Battery was sent to their gun position located in the Punch bowl which was a crater with cactus growing in it.   That night any time something moved someone would shot at it.  The next morning there were no cactus left standing.

Dead & Wounded:

A total of 2,390 Americans were killed and 1,200 were wounded.

The 8th Artillery never went back to Schofield Barracks.  They lived on the ground in the Punch Bowl until they set up another gun position in the city and took over a old elementary school.   They stayed for a year until December 6 or 7th of 1942 they shipped out to Guadalcanal.

Letter from World War II:

Barracks, T.H.

 Dearest John & Zola-

I was so glad to get your letter, I enjoyed it so much. Also, I got the cigarette case and lighter and I surely do thank you all for it. I've always wanted one and I couldn't have asked for one so pretty. I like it so very much.

Well, what do you think of our slant eyed yellow sons-of-satins? Dec. 7 was the first time I ever saw the rising sun come up out of the West but I'll guarantee it will be set and in no particular direction. When it all started, I ran out in the street and was taking it all in until a few empty machine gun shells bounced off my car and hit me and I said to the boy next to em "those fools might hurt some one if they don't watch out". Then a plane came down so low I could see a pair of slant eyes and the rising sun and I figured that the middle of the street was no place for a nice healthy boy like me. 

We're ready for 'em if they come back we'll show 'em who's who in America.

You can write me now by ?Clepper? for 6¢ so do write soon and often even though I might not be able to answer. Any way, I'm glad your all liked the presents and I surely do like mine.

I'm glad I'm here now but I do hope this thing is over in a year. Tell the boys hello for me and thanks for the letter.

Lots of Love,

Your brother and in law

Phil

The Gang

Plano, TX

The Gang

O.D. Anderson and brother Arlis in back row

Phillip Daffron, Lucille Anderson (sister to above), Jennie Daffron front row

Letter From Capt. Phillip L. Daffron

unknown Red Cross letterhead

Dearest Jennie-

There's not a thing to write about, that is that I can say in a letter. So you can see what a dull life it is here. I wish I was up above, just to have something to do. I've read about every thing I can find and that helps but after I've read every thing, it goes back to the same old dreary nothing. I try to keep these depressed moments to myself and put off writing 'till I feel better but I don't seem to get better so there's no use to try to cover it up. I've gotten over being sick. I guess I'm lucky to only have had a light case. A lot of people haven't been so lucky.

Have you heard from Arliss? (**NOTE: Arliss was reported missing in Action on 26 June 1943) He's lucky to get to go to a decent place to fight , any way. Too, have you heard from Robert or have you heard any thing about him. I sure hope to God he is safe.

Seems like the Rabbits have gotten over their bashfulness and gotten down to business. You'll probably have rabbits all over the place when I get back.

How are the kids? Give them my love and tell Owen hello for me. Don't worry about me, I'm O.K. and feel fine. I just can't help from getting down in the dumps in this hell-hole.

Write soon- Love, Phil.

Letter from World War II

World War II

Dearest Jennie-

Just a note to let you know I'm getting along o.k. I'm not at the same place, I'm in for a rest so it will be some time, I guess, before my mail ketches up with me. Don't know where I'll end up but I hope it's down the way where it's more pleasant. Any way, I don't have to worry about waking up at nights.

Wish I could hear from you and find out about Arliss. I do hope he is safe. Let me know just as soon as you hear about  him.

Don't guess I'd get a chance to write much so tell the others I'll write some one every now and then to let you all know I'm o.k. My mail won't be sent to me until I get to my final destination so I know I'm sure going to miss hearing from all of you. However it shouldn't take very long.

No news here so I'll just have to stop with a note. I'll keep writing to someone ever now and then. Hope you all are well and give the kids my love.

Write soon. Lots of Love, Phil

 

Letter from World War II

World War II

 

Dearest Jennie-

I received a couple of letters from your but they both were over a month old. Any way, I was glad to hear. I'm sure I have a bunch of mail some where waiting for me. I haven't gone back up yet, in fact, I don't think I will. I'm waiting here for them or they will pick me up as they go by. Thats good news, too. They sure deserve to get out of there.

I've had a good rest here and a pretty good time. Met some nice fellows and we can get drinks every night at the club. Haven't gone with any girls as they are all taken up and too snooty with so many officers around. However, it won't be long until we'll be at a place where there are lots of girls, I hope.

Have you heard from Arliss? I sure hope so and hope he's o.k. How is Owen and the kids? I think Buddy has the right idea about not wanting to go to school 'cause he couldn't even read or write. I sure get a kick out of that. Give them my love.

How is all the family? Haven't heard from any one hardly but you and Ruth. Tell them I'm fine and I'll write them when I'm settled again.

Ran into Fred May here. He used to room with me in Corpus Christi 4 years ago. I was sure glad to see him and was surprised, too. He a 1st Lt in the M.P.s

Do write soon and give every one my love. Tell them all I'm fine and have gained some weight. Too bad Hershall didn't get to look me up. I remember that day.

Love, Phil

V-Mail from World War II

World War II

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Dearest Jennie:

Since they are still holding my mail I haven't heard from any one in a long time. I sure miss the mail, too. I'm feeling fine and have tried to catch up on some scotch & sodas, and have done a fair job. How is every one, I hope the whole family is fine.

I still haven't heard any thing about Arliss. I do hope he is safe. As you can tell, I haven't gone up yet and won't now. The good news is happening and it sure makes me happy. Of course coming home would be better but this is next to it. Ruth can probably tell you about it. It's hard to write when not hearing from any one so I'll close keeping that everyone is well & happy. Give the kids my love and tell the rest of the family I'll write when I get settled. Do write soon. Love, Phil

V-Mail from World War II

World War II

Dear John

Just a note to let you know I'm getting along fine. Haven't gone up yet so I haven't gotten a letter from any one in a good while. Should have a bunch of mail and the box of cigars, too. In fact I won't go up now as the "good news" will happen soon. Wish I could come home but what's happening is next to coming home so you won't have to worry about me for awhile. Wish I could tell you but maybe I can later. How is Zola & the boys? Hope you all are well and happy. I really do feel better and I've been trying to drink up all the scotch here and found out I couldn't so now I'm taking it easy.

 Have met a bunch of people here I know, used to room with one 4 years ago in Corpus. Net a bunch of A.& M. boys I went to school with, all Majors, but they haven't got behind them what I have and they know it. That's what counts with me any way. Write soon, Always, Phil

V-Mail from World War II

World War II

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Dearest Jennie-

Just a line to let you know that I'm o.k. and hope all of you are well and happy. Every thing is still the same. I'm not with the outfit yet so I haven't gotten my mail. I guess they are holding it for me and I should have a lot as I haven't heard from any one in a long time. I sure do miss hearing from you too, and tell all the family I'm o.k. It's so hard to write. I won't write them now. And you all planning a big x mas? Id sure like to be there. However. I think we'll be in a good place then. Give the kids my love and Owen my regards and keep writing. I'll get my mail soon Lots of Love Phil

Discharged

World War II

He was discharged from the military on 26 Jul 1945.

I found the letters and v-mail in my grandmothers old deck that I got after she died.  I never knew that the two Great Uncles knew each other and were friends.

I believe Uncle Phil got malaria and this is why he was at the Red Cross Hospital.  He went back into service after that. 

For Information on Arlis see my story page for Arlis Anderson: Missing in Action

http://www.footnote.com/page/1588/arlis_anderson_19161943/

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