Wayne was separated from service at the Separation Center at Fort Logan, Colorado. He received an Honorable Discharge from the Army of the United States. While at the Separation Center, he was likely visited by his grandparents, an uncle and his older brother who did not serve in the military. It is also likely that he telephoned Verne’s wife.
His Enlisted Record and Report of Separation shows that while in the Army he had been inoculated against small pox, typhoid, tetanus, yellow fever, cholera and typhus. He stood six feet tall and weighed 160 lbs. The Army owed him $300.00 mustering out pay, but he only received $100.00 of that upon separation. The documents also reveal that he was travel pay of 50. How the final sum was calculated is unknown, but he received $193.98 upon separation.
After being discharged from the Army, he boarded a train at Denver’s Union Station for Columbia, South Carolina and Bonnie. He last saw her on February 7, 1944. He was finally going home.
Meanwhile in England, Kenneth Cline wrote to his wife that he thought he was improving but was still confined to bed rest in the hospital. He also wrote that he had a fever of 102 degrees. He was worried that he would not be able to return to the States on the ship scheduled to carry the 392nd Bombardment Group home.1
Notes & Commentary
1 The last elements of 392nd Bombardment Group (H) returned to its base at Charleston, South Carolina on June 25, 1945.