WW2 How I met my wife

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  1. cadetat6

    cadetat6 Junior Member


    Art Morneweck and Belle Isle.
    How we met – the love of my life She was 19,,,,I was 20
    Early in 1943, I went on a double date with a friend and the Matthews sisters to Eastwood Amusement Park at Gratiot and 8 mile. It was a long drive from Detroit's west side. I was paired with Blanche, but her sister, Charlotte (Micky) was a great looker and I thought she was the one for me. We all had a good time together. It was more like a friend's outing than a date. Two nights later, Micky was on her way home from her job at G.M.C. She stopped at Simone's soda fountain shop where I was having a frozen Power House candy bar. We talked a while and I asked her to go for a ride. We drove to Belle Isle in my father’s 1940 Ford and one section was a parking that you faced the river and watch the boats go bye. There was no open parking space so we had to ride around the island. When you come to the bridge there was about 5 or 6 driving lanes that all turned right and takes you back off the island. Luckly I was in the 6th lane that took you over the bridge or you could drive straight and go around again. Something in my heart said go straight and I did. This time there was a parking space open. I parked and we had our first kiss. We watched the boats and then Micky said she had to go to the bath room. We left and stopped at first bath room and it was pad-locked, I looked at my watch and it was after mid-night, so was the second bat room locked.Going across the bridge Micky said she really had to go. I new if we turned left to go home we would not find a restaurant so I turned right and found a restaurant about two blocks away. I stopped and Micky used their bath room. About four months later we got engaged just before I left for Army Air Corps cadet training. I returned to Detroit to get married during a week long furlough.
    Micky and I were apart for the next two years as I was sent to the Philippine Islands and occupation duty in Taegu, Korea. I returned home to her in July, 1946. We celebrated our 57th wedding anniversary May 15, 2001. Then Dec. 30, 2001 my Micky went to be with our Lord. Our daughters and son-in-law are Toni Ann Morneweck, Terry & Jack Ellis, and grandson Tim 16. We all live in same neighborhood in Novi. Micky's sister Blanche Rosendale, now lives in St. Clair.NOTE:BLANCE DIED Aug. 21, 2005.

    WW2 Marriages: A short “I do” and off to war
    WW 2 marriages did not have tuxedos and long gowns but did have ever lasting love. As a cadet we finished our tour at Gettysburg College and was given one week furlough Friday May 12,1944. From "Old Dorm" I called my fiancee and asked if she would marry me. She said yes, I jumped on a bus to Harrisburg, bought a new cadet hat, jumped on train for Detroit. On the train the porter looked at me, with wings on my shoulder, wings on my new cap, and humming our song "You'll never know how much I miss you". The porter said "Sir we have a better seat in the car ahead of us." I arrived home Saturday morning and found out we needed some papers filled out but offices were closed. Luck was with me, my future father-in-law had friends downtown, so everything was copasetic. We were married Monday May 15,1944 at 7 PM. We went downtown to the Hotel Fort Shelby. Shortly after arriving there my wife's sister and our best man came with White Castle Hamburgers. We spent the rest of the week on cloud nine floating around visiting friends. Sunday May 20, 1944 I left my love (boy, is this hard to write) and did not see her for two years while I went to Philippine Islands and Taegu, Korea. My wife is with our Lord now, looking down here and I can still hear her saying "Roy you are going to make yourself sick". Name Roy is another story, my middle name is LeRoy.

    May 20 I was back to Gettysburg College and we were shipped out to Maxwell Field, Alabama for Pre-flight. After pre-flight we went to Avon Park, Florida where we started flying the open cockpit Bi-wing PT-17 Stearman. Then to Lakeland Florida with same type of plane. Then to Cochran Field at Macon, Georgia flying the AT-6 Texan. January 1945 I was given check flight by a Captain and one by a Major. (I had my pilot’s license before joining the Air Corps.) The Major said I did OK but they had too many pilots and I was put in the Army Infantry. I went to Gainesville,Texas for infantry training. Finished training and went to New Jersey and then by train to Pittsburg, California and shipped out June 1, 1945 for the Philippine Islands.
  2. cadetat6

    cadetat6 Junior Member

    Kellogg’s All-Bran and WW2
    I have a friend who was WW2 tail gunner in a B-24 in England. He had a hearty breakfast of Kellogg's All-Bran before a mission over Germany. On the mission the All-Bran started to work. He was not going to fill his pants so he left his tailgunner position and went to the bomb bay doors and relieved himself. When they got back to their base he really got chewed out by the pilot. All I can think about is the German soldier looking up and plop! he gets it right in the face and said American secret weapon but it stinks.

    No More Milk
    This same friend, B-24 tail gunner ,returning from a mission and flying low. He was told to shoot up all hay stacks because German’s hide there tanks under them. He comes up-on a hay stack so he starts shooting at it and just as he started shooting, a cow comes walking around the corner of the hay stack. Bang, bang no more milk, no more cow.

    knew this B-17 Pilot, pre war vintage, at Clark Field. Old Bernard Tapps was his name.

    One day I asked him a stright forward question, that I have often wondered about.

    The Night before the crew is in the club jucing up. Well next day when you are flying, and guts rumble, and you have a choice, is it a wet or dry fart. If wet, are you going to s**t your pants or try and hold it until you get back.

    Old Bernie says, hell that was no problem, open bomb bay doors drop your drawers and s**t your guts out. What about paper,, old Bernie says when you spray like that no need for it. But the Ground crew, bomb loaders are not to happy with s**t spray on aft bulkhead. I laughed so hard I cried.

    I miss the Old Guy, he was such a character. The Nose Art on his B-17 was Tapps for the Japs. A Old Cleveland, Ohio Lad.
  3. Hawkeye90

    Hawkeye90 Senior Member

    Haha, good stuff.
  4. cadetat6

    cadetat6 Junior Member

    It is getting close to the end of our romantic generation. Here are a few men we are looking for.
    Clifford Thiebold
    85th div,103rddiv Arty,85th inf div Arty,
    2nd div Arty Hq.Btry Div. Arty,103rd inf.

    Victor Van Nest
    Hqs. company Antitank Platoon

    Frank Bounds Korea

    Lyle Duane Gordon Korea
    Born farm in Regent, N.D.
    7th Div 31st reg ,1949 Inchon Landing
    and came through Frozen Chosin
    Was E-8

    Red Arrow Men, 32nd Div, 126th Infantry
    Natie Sahn D company
    Frank Curry D company
    Clare Herald H company
    Howard Finsilver Any info you have e-mail
    papa Art ( Marion adopted father)

    Last Chance,
  5. Darlene Raley

    Darlene Raley Junior Member

    Very beautiful love story. I remember alot of quick marriages and the groom shipping out within afew days. I was six yrs old on Dac 9, after pearl harbor was attacked on Dec. 7 1941. I grew up with war, quick kisses and a world full of dreams

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