The letter is on Foster Field, Texas stationary, but he says he is assigned to nearby Matagorda Army Airfield, Texas, USA.
The present day photos of the peninsula illustrate its' desolation, so I can understand why a young man would not care to be stationed there.On July 30, 1941, the United States Army declared its eminent domain over the area. This former Military airfield was built during WW2 in 1941 and used through 1945. It was closed by the military after that and returned to the family on December28, 1945. This airfield was once used by Deke Slayton & other former astronauts in a private (commercial) space venture in the late 1960s/1970s. Several attempts to launch kerosene/liquid oxygen vehicles were made there, none of which succeeded. The site was also one of the early NASA considerations for a launch site before they settled on Cape Canaveral.
Matagorda Peninsula Army Airfield in 1943.
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Matagorda in 2009.
72TA Airfield in the first image is where the man was stationed. The mentioned Port O'Conner is to the left of the Airfield in the photo.
A dwelling built on the ramp.
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