Biography of Joseph F. Wyson

Joseph F. Wyson (Joseph Wysocki), Enrollee, likely Leader or Assistant Leader, CCC Camp Manistique, Michigan 

Soldier, 106th Infantry Division, WWII, USA

Excerpt from the Autobiography of Joseph F. Wysocki (Wyson).

 I moved back in with Aunt Kate for a short period and while there I reviewed my circumstances and decided to apply for acceptance into the CCC Camps which were in vogue during the Roosevelt Administration. I was accepted and was sent by train to Manistique, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula. The CCC Camp paid room and board and $32.00 per month. Eight dollars was retained by the boys and the rest was sent home to be kept for them by parents or relatives. Mine was sent to Aunt Kate.

 The boys worked at planting trees, clearing roads, fighting fires and various other jobs. The personnel were divided into Army workers and Forestry workers. The Army administered the affairs of the camp while the Forestry looked after the forest and road work. A young man I had met on the train while traveling to the Camp, inveigled me into accepting an assignment as a permanent KP. At first I resented and hated the assignment until I discovered that it was one of the better jobs in the camp. We had every weekend off. We only worked six hours each day. The rest of our day was spent singing, playing cards, and doing other fun things in the barracks, while the Forestry people were freezing and toiling in the forest. Moreover, permanent KP's didn't serve as KP's on weekends. Thus, we went to town on both Saturdays and Sundays. Forestry people only went to town on Saturdays.

 I delighted in going to the dances in the various towns of Northern Michigan. I also frequented the roller skating rinks. I had many girl friends in the many towns I visited. In addition, I wrote to girl friends in Detroit every week and received mail from them regularly. I also wrote letters for some of the boys who were not so articulate. I started a correspondence for Red McWilliams, the boy who had talked me into the KP assignment, with the sister of one of my girl friends in Detroit. This later turned out to be a major blunder because she became infatuated with the letter writer and when she discovered that Red McWilliams was incapable of expressing the love which was projected in the letters, she was broken hearted. The girls father was infuriated and drove me from the house upon my return from the CCC Camp. This also ended the relationship with the girl's sister.

 When the Army Captain learned that I knew how to type, he asked me to come into the office and work as the assistant camp clerk. I was too comfortably ensconced in the KP assignment and refused to leave it. After the Army Captain offered me several inducements and special privileges and assured me I could continue enjoying the same privileges as the KP's, I accepted the position of assistant camp clerk and began working in the office. I was having a glorious time at the camp and in the towns until the cold weather came in the month of October. I couldn't believe that it would get so cold so early. I hated cold weather and made the decision to leave the camp and return to Detroit. Anyone could leave the camp if they could prove that they had a job awaiting them. I wrote to Tony Telega and asked him to get me my old job back at the chicken store. He confirmed by letter that the job would be awaiting my return and I left the camp. I hitch-hiked back to Detroit and marveled at how much warmer it became the closer I came to Detroit. It was also cold in Detroit but not bitterly cold as it was in the Upper Peninsula.”

Joseph F. Wyson Obituary

 ST. GEORGE — Joseph F. Wyson, age 72, passed away peacefully due to a stroke on April 23, 1995, surrounded by his wife and twelve children. He was born Jan. 14, 1923 in Hamtramck, Michigan to Polish immigrant parents. At the age of four he was placed in the St. Francis Home for Boys following the death of his parents.

 Joe served in the 106th infantry divi¬sion of the Army during World War II, during which time he contracted tubercu¬losis. He fought and overcame this, as he did many other trials in life.

 He was worked as a machinist in the air¬craft industry. Within eight years he owned the company. Joe held many occupations in life, but derived the great¬est satisfaction and pride from his work as an author. He wrote books of poems, essays, sermons, talks and countless let¬ters to the editor. His latest books are entitled "Children's Nursery Rhymes" and "The Truth Is".

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