Who was the “young buck”? Did he survive WWII? Another 60 year old mystery unfolds

A brother? A friend? An old flame? A lover?…A husband?… A son?


Between the delicate leaves of a woman’s dress pattern was a slim cut out newspaper article. It showed no date, but was – judging from the dress pattern and the content of the article- late 1930s, early 1940s.  The article beneath, which is fragmentally shown talks about an upcoming event on 3 April 1940.

The “skyrocketing record of David E. Pickard, Jr” was detailed blow by blow. “Music on a Hawaii Calls program and seeing movies of swaying grass skirts was too much for David Pickard to resist…” it is written before reporting that the young man was transferred and again promoted at Wheeler Field in Hawaii at the close of 1939.

Wheeler Field was the primary target of the Japanese in December 1941. What became of the young man? Who was he to the seamstress? Why had the article been folded (or hidden) in a pattern envelope? Was the “sky-rocketing career” ill-fated? Unfortunately, I have no idea who the seamstress was. It does say the Sargeant Pickard was attached to the 86th Observation Squad. The poor guy probably had no idea he was transferring to ground zero.

As you can see, I am a terrible romantic.  With an imagination! But the story unfolds before my eyes (excuse the pun).

Today’s pattern of the day is the pattern in which the article was found, Butterick 4402.

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