Their second furlough was in the spring of 1944 and was also taken from Wilmington and Camp Davis. They went to West Plains to visit mom's family, since mom probably hadn't been back to see her sisters and parents in more than a year and a half. In West Plains, they met up with mom's friends from her high school years: Alvin Squires and Edith Jarrett. Alvin and Edith had married in November 1936, about a year after mom and dad married. Though Alvin was a sergeant in these photos, he soon was off to OCS and eventually made the rank of captain. I'm sure both couples knew they were lucky to be in West Plains at the same time. They took a series of photos at the city park in front of the National Guard Armory and another group in front of my Aunt Maxine Washington's house on 1st Street at the corner of Nebraska. I'm not sure where they were when standing in front of the car. Mom and Dad didn't have a car then and no doubt arrived in West Plains via train from Wilmington. If the car is parked at Aunt Maxine's the toy guns they are holding may have belonged to Lee and Maxine's son Lee, Jr.
2ndfurRon Pyron, from
Second Furlough March 4 to 21, 1944