George Edwin Farrar had written a letter to his mother on June 29 that he was leaving England that night and heading for the states. He was to travel on a very small ship and he expected a slow crossing. His Separation Qualification Record notes, however, that he departed Europe on July 2, 1945 and arrived in the US on July 17. I have no record of his first or subsequent stops in the US on his way back home to Atlanta, Georgia.
On July 21, his mother received a telegram from Washington.
The telegram read:
The Chief of Staff of the Army directs me to inform you your son S/Sgt. Farrar George E. is being returned to the United States in the near future and will be given an opportunity to communicate with you upon arrival.
Witsell Acting the Adjutant General
If Farrar’s separation record is correct, he had been back in the states for four days before the telegram was sent. If he indeed was allowed to contact his family, presumably by telephone, what a happy call that must have been.
© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2014