From Tarzana, California
Memories from the
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Oldest Correspondent in the WWII Pacific
An Illustrated Time Line of
1944: The War Years
Collated by Bill Hillman
1944 ERBzin-e 1037
* An essay by Altrocchi, "The
Ancestors of Tarzan," was published in the book Sleuthing the Stacks,
Harvard University Press.
January 15: ERB again wrote Caryl Lee to encourage her to
use the Burroughs name. He sent her many letters and presents over the
February 16: ERB noted that his pride and joy was his autograph
books in which he had obtained signatures of 572 persons. He had written
no fiction since March 1943.
March 10 - February 1, 1945: ERB wrote Diary #4 -
March 20: Through the efforts of Brigadier
General Truman H. Landon, ERB flew from Honolulu to Tarawa in the Gilbert
Islands, and on to Eniwetok in the Marshalls. He experienced life in the
field and went on bombing missions in Landon's B-24 Liberator. He even
met Hulbert, now a captain, on Kwajalein Island.
April 24: Ed returned to Honolulu on a 4-engine hospital plane
after having completed a 7,000 mile mission in C-47s, C-54s, and B-24s.
Ed chose to lie in an unoccupied bottom litter of one the 4-litter tiers
rather than sit in "the gosh-awful tin bucket seats."
April 27: An envelope with a letter and Douglas Aircraft booklets
from Jack finally caught up with Ed, having travelled to Kwajalein and
back. Ed's autograph books have over 2,000 entries since Dec. 7, 1941.
Ed offered to check with Air Force to see if Jack might enlist as an artist.
He ordered Ralph to take a $100/month raise. Ed is waiting to hear of the
birth of new grandchild (Danton).
May 1: Land
of Terror is published by ERB, Inc. Burroughs books finally arrive.
Ed has been asking Ralph for shipment for two years.
June 7: ED starts compiling notes for new Tarzan novel with Sumatra
as the locale. The first since September 1940. Dinner with Frank Capra,
Phil, et al at the Roundhouse. Ed returns to the hotel to find that his
director's chair has been swiped.
May 19-24: A 1,787-word horror story, "Uncle
was written. George Luther? of Hawaii Magazine drops by
to invite Ed to friends' home.
June 2: Another son, Danton, was born to Jack and Jane. Ed
celebrates the birth of his grandson with Frank Capra at the Outrigger.
June 8: Ed spends time doing research at the library. Met
with Netherland officials. He writes till after 5 PM -- nice to work again.
Ed dines with Mary Pflueger, Admiral Halsey, Landon, Duke Wiley, Mildred
Rathbone, Hully and other friends at the Outrigger and watch a floor show
of Hawaiian entertainers. The pass arouind a Chinese coin retrieved from
a sunken ship. Brother George died at Fontana, California.
June 9: George's close friend, Lew Sweetser, died. He and George
Burroughs were cremated together.
June 10 - September 11: Tarzan
and "The Foreign Legion" was written. Its idea of Tarzan fighting
the Japanese was suggested by George Carlin of United Feature Syndicate.
It is rejected by the pulps, but is published in book form on August 22,
1947 by ERB, Inc. The book dedication is to Brig.
Gen. Truman H. Landon.
General Landon wrote the following dedication in Tarzan and "The
Foreign Legion" for ERB scholar Bob Hyde: "From one thus honored (both
by my old friend Ed Burroughs and yourself) and one who takes modest credit
for some of Ed's combat and air experience - accurately reflected in this
story. Twas in my B-24, "Pacific Tramp," that Ed flew on two combat missions
and had his first no-nose-wheel-landing (not a part herein). With Best
Wishes Truman H. Landon General USAF, Ret."
June 30: In a 1,500-word article, "Our
Japanese Problem," which appeared in Hawaii Magazine, ERB offered
a much more sympathetic opinion of Japanese loyalty on the Islands.
July 28: Dysentry
August 9: Card game at Mildred's - lose 25 cents.
Writes more entries in his notebook.
September: In his article, "What Price Tolerance," printed
Hawaii Magazine, ERB demanded automatic citizenship for alien
parents of any man who had served honourably in the armed forces.
September 15: Jack removed Mary
Evaline's ashes from the Pierce Brother Crematorium where they had
been stored for over 20 years. They were later buried beneath the large
tree in front of the ERB, Inc. offices in Tarzana.
November 5: Emma died of a stroke, alcoholism and depression
in Bel-Air - 10452 Bellagio Road.
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November 17: Ed and Hully granted compassionate leave and flew
to join the family California. He saw grandsons Johnny and Danton for the
first time. Ed spent his first Christmas in 11 years with his family. He
later met with Florence and her new husband, Dr. Alfred Chase, and Caryl
December - (end): Ed underwent surgery for a hernia and spent
a month in convalescence.
Updates will be added to this timeline as more dates become available.
BILL HILLMAN .
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