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By John Davis

The life of Archie Harvard Part II


September 13, 2016

After Archie Harvard was drafted in early 1942, he first went to Galveston, Texas, for nine weeks, and then took basic training for another nine weeks at Fort Bliss, Texas. He was assigned to an anti-aircraft battery.

Archie’s first duty station was in New York City, at Governor’s Island in New York harbor. For 19 months, his unit guarded the city. He also remembers he and his fellow soldiers built their own barracks. (I told Archie that I knew about such barracks, because when I went through basic training at Fort Lewis in 1968, our barracks had surely been built during World War II.)...

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