By Mrs. Catherine “Grams” McGuire Straus
When Peter was four years old, he, his little brother Nicky (it’s misspelled in the news clipping) and his mom (my daughter, Ginny) packed up to join her husband (and Peter’s dad, of course), Lt. John Thorkelson in Berlin—where Lt. Thorkelson was serving with the American Army of Occupation after World War II.
The clipping was a feature story the Detroit Free Press did on Ginny, Peter and Nicky’s departure. I thought it might interest you, and so I’m using it as Chapter Two of my life story of Peter. Next month, in Chapter Three, I will take you to Berlin, where you will join Peter and follow him on a series of marvelous adventures! See you next month!
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GI’s Family Prepares to Join Him in Berlin
Free Press Photos by Andy Plofchan
Wife and 2 Sons Pack for Life in Broken Reich
By Patricia Bronte
Free Press Staff Writer
Mrs. Virginia Thorkelson, 26, of 4711 Second, will be among the 1,000 American wives and children who will sail in April to join their Army of Occupation husbands in Germany.
She and her two sons, Peter, 4, and Nicky, 15 months, were excited at first.
But after they received “Circular No. 46, Accommodations for Dependents in Berlin” from the War Department, they were just busy.
The army’s “planning guide” relates that “families arriving in Berlin can expect to be quartered in houses containing… tub, toilet, basin, sink, electric lights and ovenless stove.”
It also says that “Issue-type folding cots, mattresses, pillows, and blankets can drawn from the Quartermaster.”
But you can bring your own[…]