Sunday, July 11, 1943-Final Journal Entry

The words that follow are transcribed verbatim from the journal my father, Lt. Ben H. Rushing, kept during his deployment as a navigator on a B17.

The words that follow are transcribed verbatim from the journal my father, Lt. Ben H. Rushing, kept during his deployment as a navigator on a B17.

July 11

We went from Marrakesh to Dakar Africa the across the Atlantic to Belem and up through Puerto Rico to Miami, Fla.

I got a ride to come home in a B-24 on way to San Antonio, Tex for scrapping. We took off & lost an engine. We came back to Miami and they worked on the engine. Took off again and got near Tampa and lost the same engine. We we landed, I went to bus station & caught a bus home. It was so hot & humid until I wanted to go back to Africa where it was hot but dry. Finally got to Alexandria, La. where I found my girl waiting. We came home and was married July 24, 1943. I was sent to Salt Lake City for reassignment. While there they took x-rays and sent me to Alexandria Air Base. When I reported there they put me in hospital. They found that I had TB (Tuberculosis) in my right lung. I’m sure that this was the reason I would be so tired when I came back from a mission in Africa.

I was sent to Harmon General Hospital, Longview, Texas. After a month there, I was transferred to Fitzsimmons Gen. Hospital, Denver, Colo. After 15 months there, they retired me from the Air Force as 1st Lt.

The 15 months in Colorado were a delightful experience. We would get out of hospital on pass twice a week. We traveled all over Colorado. Was a wonderful vacation.

I met Roy Ferris & Evolee while I was at Harmon Gen. Hospital. Evolee & Bena roomed together for the 15 months at Denver. This began a lasting friendship for all these years.

After I returned from service, I came to Natchitoches & made my home. Was Service Officer for a while. Then went to school for my Master’s Degree at University of Arkansas. Then taught school for 3 years. Almost starved so I went into the insurance business. We had a great life during this time. Went to conventions of my company (Pan-American Life) to many places.

July 11 last entry

 

Epilogue A Comp

 

Epilogue B Comp

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