From Tarzana, California
Memories from the
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Oldest Correspondent in the WWII Pacific
An Illustrated Time Line of
1945: The War Years
Collated by Bill Hillman
1945 ERBzine 1038
* Sol Lesser's Tarzan
and the Amazons was released on RKO. Johnny Weissmuller starred.
Rothmund wrote a letter critical of Tarzan being portrayed as being too
smiling, laughing and overtalkative.
* "Laughs at Sea" - News Bulletin appears in the Honolulu Advertiser
February 3: ERB returned to Hawaii - Hulbert arrived ten
February 17: "Tarzan
Creator Thrilled to Ride in Bomber" - News Bulletin appeared in the
April: Resumed writing the "Laugh It Off" column and submitted
it to Hawaii.
April 9: Jack sent a letter to Hulbert suggesting that they
find ways to keep Ed from returning to California as he believed his father
was considering marriage.
April 14: "Laugh
It Off" expressed strong praise for a Democrat, President Truman.
He also criticized the omissions and errors found in Encyclopaedia Britannica
in its information on Indians and General Christmas.
May 2: Writes of his extreme displeasure with son-in-law Jim
Pierce's treatment of Joan. Hully is becoming weary of army life. Ed is
upset and hurt that the family is concerned that he may be considering
marriage to D.D. on the mainland. He wants to help son Jack get an assignment
worthy of his talents if he is inducted.
May 8: Celebrated VE Day.
May 25: Ed's thoughts of marriage were put on hold as he was
accepted as a navy correspondent. He left Pearl Harbor on the U.S.S. Cahaba,
a fleet oiler. He wrote of fleet procedures, being shot at by a sniper
at Ulithi Atoll, a kamikaze attack on Kerama Retto atoll, and flying in
a plane piloted by Lieutenant Tyrone Power.
May-June-July: Multi-thousand mile cruise on the oiler/refueler,
Cahaba commanded by Lieutenant Commander Julius Burnbaum. Sailed to
the Carolines and other islands in the Western Pacific. They came under
sniper fire, and a bombing and kamikaze attack on Kerama Retto atoll. A
spoof of the visit appears in William Brinkley's satiric novel, Don't
Go Near The Water.
July 5: "Tanker
Like Accident About to Happen" - News Bulletin appeared in the
July 15: Ed Flew to Guam in a plane piloted by Lieutenant
Tyrone Power, and then on to Hawaii, having travelled 5,000 miles by air
and 11,000 miles by ship over a period of two months.
LETTERS OF TYRONE POWER
July and August: The articles chronicling his experiences appeared
in the Advertiser.
July 23: ERB experienced Angina Pectoris pain. Angina attacks increased
in frequency over the summer.
August 10: Hulbert relayed news from Hickam Field that
the war was over.
August 14: Ed celebrated the Japanese surrender with Hully
and his bride-to-be, Marion Thrasher. Ed was arrested after a parking lot
altercation with another motorist.
August 21?: Hully left for California to receive his discharge.
Marion followed to arrange a marriage.
August 22: ERB who first considered the parking lot incident
a joke, was embarrassed by it all and avoided reporters
September 1: Ed celebrated his 70th birthday.
September 13: Ed's plans to return to the US were upset by
a series of angina attacks and he was confined to bed for more than a month.
October 28: Boarded a plane for the mainland at Hickam Field
October 29: Ed arrived in the morning at Hamilton Field,
outside of San Francisco, and is greeted by Jack and Lt. Middleton. After
celebrating around town they take a leisurely trip back down the coast.
November 1: Arrived back in Los Angeles in a weakened state.
November 4: Ed started house hunting. Post-war houses were scarce
and high priced.
December 2: Rubimore took over the Sunday Tarzan strip.
December 26: Ed moved into his new home at 5465
Zelzah Avenue, Encino. He paid $14,000 for a two-bedroom house on 1/2
acre. Still weak from his overexertions in the Pacific, Ed now spent much
of his time resting. Some of his favourite times are playing with grandsons,
Mike, Johnny and Danny (Danton).
Updates will be added to this timeline as more dates become
The Dean of WWII Correspondents
in the Pacific
Rice Burroughs: The War Years
BILL HILLMAN .
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