Overseas Newark Newspaper that Captured the 'Wartime Flavor' of Downtown Newark

by Nat Bodian


During World War II, while serving overseas with the AAF, I used some of my free time by writing a "Newark Newspaper" in which I recycled bits and pieces of information received from family and friends in Newark1. This paper was mailed to Newark friends in service around the world, and also distributed to Newark-area men on the base where I was stationed.

Following is the second issue of my paper, called "The Bodian Bugle and News" written at the Natal, Brazil AAF base shortly before my reassignment to Ascension Island.

As you will note, this sheet captures in full the 'wartime flavor' of Newark in wartime in the early summer of 1943. A few highlights:

  • Harry James and band appear at Downtown Newark Stagedoor Canteen

  • A 102 degree record-breaker at Newark Airport

  • A note on Tony Galento's "set-up" matches on come-back tour

  • An hour-long parade by VFW down Broad Street featuring 500 WAACS

  • Uses of Military Park during wartime

The Bodian Bugle and News

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