Today was officially my last day at Pritzker and I must say, I’m kind of sad to be done. I ended up learning way more than I thought I would, especially about what it means to practice history outside of the classroom.
I didn’t get to finish the project I was working on. So I’ll be left hanging until someone else can finish it and post it to the Pritzker website. I left still pretty early in the interview so Celli was still trying to relay the timeline of his time serving to the interviewer and explaining what sort of training he received. For training, he was stationed in Hawaii (which considering our extra long winter this year, doesn’t sound like a horrible place to be!) and they mostly did jungle training.
One of his first jobs after being drafted was a food runner. He would pick up the rations and then distribute them to all the different companies. He said it was a “gravy job” and that it beat a lot of the other jobs people had.
He was just about to talk about how (if you can at all) mentally prepare yourself for war before I had to leave. I’ll be interested to hear his answer once the transcription is finished.