Casper Dale Blimling World War II Diary Vertical File Manuscript | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Scope and Contents: One pocket diary, with clasp, seven by three inches. Spans the period from December 29, 1941, to January 9, 1943. Covers induction at Chicago, Illinois; initial training at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri; further training in the Army Air Forces radio school at Scott Field, near Belleville, Illinois; and detail as instructor at the AAF technical school at Madison, Wisconsin, where the diary ends. Discusses camp routine, courses in electronics and code, and visits home to Dixon, Illinois, on leave.