1944 — Evansville, Indiana
During World War II, My grandparents, Otto and Sallie Koch, would invite soldiers tvisiting the Evansville, Indiana USO to spend a weekend at their home instead of crowding the USO cots and hotels around Evansville. Sallie Baugh Koch was a "Navy Mother" by virtue of her brother being in the Navy and Otto Koch was a World War I veteran. Generally soldiers would arrive on Saturday afternoon. They would spend time with the family or touring Evansville. On occaission their daughters Norma and Joyce would involve them in college or high school activities. On Sunday morning, if they were interested, Grandpa would take them fishing. Sallie, Norma, and Joyce all enjoyed writing letters to their weekend guests after they had left Evansville. Verlie Matthews is one soldier who took them up on their offer and he kept in touch until he was sent overseas in August of 1944.
The Vmail and postcard from Jack Dempsey's Broadway Restaurant were two of the letters from Verlie Matthews to the Koch family members that have survived many moves and many years.