Susan Marie Molloy

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Back in Time: Comfort During The War, with a Surprise


Here’s a history lesson.

Background:  “The War” to me means World War II, since it’s the vernacular I picked up from my family who actually experienced it at home, and on two fronts. Any other war or conflict to me is called, for example, Korea, Spanish American, Viet Nam, et cetera. Today, here’s a story from The War era.

The Story:  A couple of weeks ago, at an estate sale, I picked up a very interesting item that I only heard about in legend: The G. I. (government issued) prayer book. There it was, sitting on a bedroom shelf, crammed underneath a stack of other books:
The old Army khaki green cloth cover is barely perceptible. It was difficult to get a really good color picture.

Inside, you can see the owner’s name and next of kin, who might be his wife, or maybe mother. It’s hard to say, yet with a Washington, D.C. address, I lean towards the next of kin being his wife, unless he lived with his widowed mother, let’s say, but I’m really leaning towards it was his wife:
What surprised me the most, is the who and where this New Testament was printed. Take a look at the section I circled in red:
The Lesson:  Wow. This was a big history lesson for me. I didn’t know the Government Printing Office (today known as the Government Publishing Office) printed anything of a religious nature. Wow.

So, this emphasizes that a person needs to do a lot of research, or just happen upon something to really find the truth, and not rely solely on history text books. That is one thing I did learn while working on my B.A. in history – when possible, always look for primary sources while researching.


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Author: Susan Marie Molloy

Hi, and welcome to my blog. I am a published writer, poet, photographer, freelance editor, artist, and career analyst. Growing up in a bilingual family helped me foster my love of languages. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and Master of Arts in History. My short stories, poetry, and photographs have been published in the Emerald Coast Review (18th and 19th editions), newspapers, and in many other publications. I enjoy Pre-Code films, photography, music, travelling, history, reading, and living each day to the fullest in The Oasis. My publications include Engaged (an anthology of my poems), The Crowd of Turin, God of the Sea: A Short Book of Poetry by the Seashore, Grapes Suzette and Other Poetic Epicurean Delights, Gallery Night, Indigo Fantasy, The Green Gloves, Puppy Love, Supreme Theater, and others. I am currently working on an anthology of my short stories, including a roman à clef tale, and am in collaboration with another artist in writing a novel. My books are available through Amazon. Check them out. Buy them. Read them. Send me your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you.

4 thoughts on “Back in Time: Comfort During The War, with a Surprise

  1. Fantastic find!!! I’m jealous!!

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  2. It kind of brings one back to recall “one nation, under God”, from before the Half Breed Kenyan and his ilk tried to relieve the United States of that God……….

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