Archive for December, 1945


Eventually, it became the largest processing center for troops heading overseas and returning from World War II handling over 2.5 million soldiers.

The camp was named for Joyce Kilmer, the soldier-poet of World War I, most famous for writing the poem, Trees. His home was in nearby New Brunswick, New Jersey.

This is a booklet given to Private Grubb explaining the do’s and don’t while waiting to be shipped back to his safe home in Columbus Ohio.

Things of note in this book include the following advice:  You’re home now and will be able to do al the things you have probably dreamed about. Don’t ruin it right off the bat by going out and getting "stinko" or seeing if you can run the tap dry the first night. Liquor is prohibited… If you get all "slopped up" here you may get into trouble."

Other advice:  "It’s always the unloaded gun or the "dud" that does the killing and maiming…. Turn in all GI small arms and all live ammunition."

"You’ll be out of here before out can say "Jack Robinson." No visitors are allowed on the Post at any time."

"Do not carry knives or pistols on you person, leave them in your baggage. Do not throw ammunition, etc into the rubbish.  Several serious accidents have occurred because of this."


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This is what the original book looked like. Our book is water damaged and a few pages cannot be opened.  
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Camp Kilmer 30 The back cover is heavily damaged and surprising appears to be in German.