Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Map

This is the first entry in what I hope will be ongoing updates in the history of my grandfather Charles F. Hauck. My primary focus will be on his time spent in the Army Air Corps, but as I go on the scope might grow. I will be indexing these on a page over at my website ( for those who want to follow along.

Below is a picture of a cloth map that my grandfather acquired during a trip to Dulag City. My father had it framed and in his office so I while moving it I found a note from grandfather attached to the back of the frame. Underneath the picture I have transcribed the note.

April 8, 2000

After many sunrises and sunsets, if my memory serves me half assed, I think I obtained this map in Dulag City on the island of Leyte. I had a chance to go south of Tacloban one afternoon and I ran into a few Philippinos [Filipinos] who had resisted the Japanese and one of them gave me this map. This was in the spring of 1945.

Charles F. Hauck

Right now I am trying to collect his war records, if possible, from the National Archives along with searching the house to see what other information I can find. Hopefully I can figure out what company he served with so I am better able to track his possible locations during the war. I am also going to try and do some research on the Philippine’s resisted during the war and try to find any information regarding what this map was of.

Click here for a larger image of the map.

Click here for my index page.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Hanging In There

It has been awhile since my last blog and a lot as happened since then. As many of you know my father past away over the Christmas Holidays and to be quite honest I have not felt like writing. Usually I try to write funny stories or just give some updates on what the family is doing. Needless to say I don’t really have any funny stories right now nor have I felt about giving family updates since it seems to me I am missing a big part of my family.

While times have been trying I really would like to thank all my family and friends that have supported us. Without all of you I don’t know how we would make it through, it really is a special feeling to know how many of you truly care.

I just want to let everyone know that while it has been very difficult we are getting through. Things are starting to settle down as the whirlwind seems to be winding down, however this starts to leave more time for reflection. Before this all happened I had the below pictures as the feature on my website, and now I can hardly believe there are only two of us left.