Some interesting details of John Plummer’s military service were recorded by his mother-in-law Edith (Starrett) Massé; quotations below are taken from Edith’s diary. John Plummer had married Agnes Massé in 1936, and graduated in civil engineering from University of Maine in May 1942. John and Agnes Plummer lived in Hampden, Maine. Although John turned 35 years old in Dec. 1942, he received orders that month from the Navy to report and receive his commission. Agnes was "all broken up over John's leaving." He was sent to Camp Endicott R.I., then in Mar. 1943 to California. In June 1943 he left the West Coast, arriving in New Caladonia by July. By Dec. 1943 John was "right in the thick of operations on Bougainville Island, living in foxholes where everything is damp and musty." In Sept. 1944 "Agnes thinks he is in New Guinea." In Oct. 1944 "John has left New Guinea for combat zone." In Nov. 1944 Agnes "had letter from John so now she knows he is in the Philippines, for he was allowed to say it." He was "promoted to Commander of Company D" in Mar. 1945. In Jul. 1945 John arrived in San Francisco, then flew home on a furlough after being gone over two years. When he had to report back to duty at Camp Endicott, R.I. in Aug. 1945 for six weeks, Edith wrote "We hope he does not have to be sent to the Pacific again." Everyone was pleasantly surprised John was given his discharge! John Plummer later was a civil engineer and funeral director.
[Source: Excerpt from: "WHEN WILL THIS WAR EVER BE OVER?" : ON THE HOME FRONT IN EAST VASSALBORO, 1942-1945. By Stephen L. Robbins. Chronicles the extended family of Louis Z. Masse (1876-1959) and his wife Edith E. Starrett (1880-1960), during World War Two in East Vassalboro, Maine. This is a copy of the manuscript which was submitted to the editor of The Town Line, who edited it substantially for publication. The full unedited version, which includes several minor revisions made by the author between its submission and publication, and further minor revisions made 04 July 2002, is posted online at: < http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/r/o/b/Stephen-L-Robbins/FILE/0005page.html >. Another edited version was published 1995 in six parts, in : Town Line (South China, Maine), 21 August 1995, vol. 7, no. 33, p. 3 ; 28 August 1995, vol. 7, no. 34, p. 3, 16 ; 04 September 1995, vol. 7, no. 35, p. 3 ; 11 September 1995, vol. 7, no. 36, p. 3 ; 18 September 1995, vol. 7, no. 37, p. 3 ; 25 September 1995, vol. 7, no. 38, p. 3.]