Bill Goudy, destined to
become a member of Hq 1st, received his draft notice in late September
of 1942. It advised him that he was to report to Room #214 of
the 1st National Bank Building in Marietta, Ohio at 8:15 a.m. on Friday,
October 2, 1942.
His destination after that
was to be an unnamed Army induction center. It is interesting
to note that Bill was advised to bring eight days of clothing when he
reported in. Obviously the initial process was going to take some
time before he was issued uniforms, etc.
Nonetheless, the timing
of his reporting in was prophetic as the 508th formed just 16 days later
and Bill's willingness to become a parachutist earned him a quick train
ticket to Camp Blanding, Florida.