In February of 1943, they gathered along Lowell Avenue with snow melting at their feet. One can only imagine the stories they had to tell. All three returned to their posts shortly after these photos were snapped. Harry was later informed that his division was being taken over by the marine corp. He then went through extensive training for a possible invasion of Japan. Leland applied to get on the U.S.S. Indianapolis as he longed to be on a heavy cruiser. There were no openings and as fate would have it, that ship met a terrible end after being torpedoed and sinking into shark-infested waters. Curly the Mouse sailed through the Panama Canal and spent time in many interesting ports.
Thankfully, all three returned home at the end of the war. Harry finished his degree at Purdue University. He married and moved to Decatur, Illinois where he helped to build a nuclear power plant. Leland came home to Indianapolis and married an Irvington girl, Anna Belle York (121 South Berry Avenue). He graduated from Butler University and worked for Western Electric for decades. Curly the Mouse Morris married and lived on a plot of land near Mooresville, Indiana. He worked for the U.S. Post Office delivering special packages. Both Harry and Curly have since passed away.
|Harry Perkins, Leland Dickerson, and Robert Morris gathered for a photo in mid-February 1943 in the 5800 block of Lowell Avenue. |
|Best friends: Harry Perkins and Leland Dickerson home on leave gathered in early February 1943 in the 5800 block of Lowell Avenue.|
|Curly Morris, Harry Perkins, and Leland Dickerson posed for this photo in February of 1943. Behind them, you can see the home at 5850 Lowell Avenue.|