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By Frank Dietrich

Frank and Albert Dietrich have been exact twins whose lives took very differentdirections in the course of international conflict II. Drafted into the military Air Corps and proficient asa radio operator, Frank was once shipped to the Philippines in 1945, the place as a sergeantin the 5th Air strength he ready for the invasion of Japan. Albert, a pacifist,struggled mightily to develop into a conscientious objector and spent yearsbuilding dams, saving farmland, and aiding the terrible at Civilian provider Campsin South Dakota, Iowa, and Florida.Raised in a detailed, spiritual, Pittsburgh relations, Frank and Albert have been inseparable asboys, sharing a robust social judgment of right and wrong. Divided through struggle, they stored in contact bywriting enormous quantities of letters to one another. The correspondence matters everythingfrom the day-by-day drudgery of service-loneliness, awful food-to heartfelt debatesabout warfare, peace, and patriotism.This soaking up collection of letters deals clean views at the Americanexperience in the course of international struggle II. the 1st released correspondence betweenGI and CO brothers, the letters are an uncommonly articulate chronicle of militaryservice and lifestyles at the domestic entrance, together with GI marriage and parenthood. Backand forth, Frank and Albert additionally argued concerning the makes use of of armed strength and pacifistnonviolence within the face of fascism and Nazism.Frank Dietrich's letters from Manila are bright descriptions of a liberated urban underan uneasy profession. Albert presents an insider's view of the pacifist experience,especially the protracted efforts pacifists frequently needed to salary to procure CO status.Together, the letters deliver to existence other ways americans selected to serve theircountry in the course of one in all its most threatening and important occasions.

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152 Frank understood that World War II was a transformative event and that the world was moving politically leftward. A liberal, Frank advocated a progressive New Deal program at home and abroad. 154 From Arkansas, Christine also greeted “a socialist England” and other “drastic changes” to transform the world. 155 Concurring, Frank praised her sentiments and contemplated their generation’s responsibility to fashion a world of peace, justice, and cooperation. 156 Finally, Frank commented on the Yamashita war crimes trial.

170 Significantly, Rick Lowenberg—a friend of Albert and a CO veteran of Hill City, Byberry, and Mancos, whose own defiance in CPS landed him in Leavenworth—contended that a liberal, non-Mennonite camp environment might have encouraged Albert to adopt a radical stance toward CPS: “If only we could have drug you away from the Mennonite opiate—they didn’t deserve such good material. Theirs was for the strong backs not the freed spirits. In Byberry or Mancos [a government CPS camp in Colorado that housed radical COs] you might have walked out and cut the fetid fetters.

In mid-August 1945, Frank was transferred to Fort McKinley, five miles outside Manila. 113 Frank thoroughly enjoyed the Philippines and Filipinos. Building on his multicultural experience in New Mexico with the Navajo Indians and adopting an anthropological approach to yet another culture, Frank accepted Filipino customs, though he did make benign judgments. 118 Unlike most GIs, Frank traveled to local towns and villages and socialized with ordinary Filipinos. At Angeles City, Frank developed warm friendships with several Filipinos who lived in nearby Porac, a village located on the river of the same name.

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