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1920 1
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Verlie H Matthews 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Married 1
1920 1
North Carolina 1
Place: Catawba County, North Carolina 1

World War II 1

Army 1
Enlistment Date:
14 Jul 1943 1
Army Branch:
No branch assignment 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
34778676 1
Enlistment Place:
Cp Croft South Carolina 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
Skilled painters, except construction and maintenance 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 0847 1
Film Reel Number: 3.269 1

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USO Home Visit during World War II

Evansville, Indiana

Postcard from Jack Dempsey's Broadway Restaurant
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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.


In England - V-mail

August 29, 1944

Verlie Matthews V-Mail

A transcription of the pictured email:
Hello Norma, I received your letter several days ago and I sure was glad to hear from you.  It was real nice of you for writing.  Am hoping you are all well.  As far as myself I am O.K. I'm in England now but I can't tell you where I'm located.  Engalnd is a very clean and beautiful country. It puts me more in mind of a park, with their quaint and neat little houses, villages,and farms. Their cars are small and they drive on the right side of teh road, which is very awkward to us. The trains are small in configuaration to ours. The box cars are about one third the size of our box cars. Money is of little value to us plus there isn't anything to buy. I know you think England is pretty well torn up but it's not true. At least what I've seen isn't. I'm hoping to go to Oxford on a pass. I think I will get one but am not sure. Jip is right at me now and he said tell everyone hello. Joyce I appreciate your letter and I will write you later. Sure hope your Indiana pow wow was a success sure wish I could have been there. Tell your Mother and Dad hello for Jip and I. Be sure and write.  I will write more later.  A friend. Verlie Matthews. Bye Bye

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