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Thomas R. St. George

A tribute to an American hero, author, veteran, and newspaperman His Drawings

Author of "C/O Postmaster" and many other books.

UPDATED Feb. 2, 2008 - Please see all the new artwork on the "His Drawings" page! (See link above: "His Drawings") Look for the two "Girl Watching" drawings in the WWII section.

 This website is in honor of one of my favorite authors, a man that I feel has not been given the attention and accolades that he has earned.

In the early 1970's, at the age of about 13, I found an old, beat-up copy of "C/O Postmaster", published in 1943. I was immediately caught up in the world of Corporal St. George and his adventures as one of the first G.I.'s sent to Australia in 1942.

For most of my life, I looked for Thomas R. St. George, not knowing if he had survived the war, or where he might be if he did. Through the wonders of the Internet, I found him in 2007. To my amazement and delight, I found that he had published several more books, all of which I now own and treasure.

This site includes as much information as I have about this talented and distinguished man. Please feel free to send comments or additional information to me at jimtrain@hotmail.com , and I will include them here.

World War II Experiences

Drafted late in 1941 from his home in Minnesota, inducted into the U.S. Army on January 6, 1942, Private St. George found himself graduating from basic training ("boot camp") and then almost immediately (April 22, 1942) boarding a ship bound for Australia with the rest of his division, the 32nd "Red Arrow" Division (see their Website at http://unitpages.military.com/unitpages/unit.do?id=100022&ESRC=ov_unitpages.kw&np=1).

Arriving in Adelaide on May 14, he was assigned to the headquarters company of the 128th Infantry, while his unit was undergoing advanced training at Camp Woodside. During this time, he wrote a series of humorous articles about his experiences, which were published in the San Francisco Chronicle, and were then collected and published as the book, "C/O Postmaster". This documents his unit's move to Camp Cable near Brisbane for further training, and ends as the unit boards transport planes (in September 1942) to fight the Japanese advance in New Guinea.

Actually, Corporal St. George did not leave Australia with the 32nd Division, but was reassigned to the offices of Yank, the Army Weekly Magazine. (More information on Yank is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yank%2C_the_Army_Weekly )He served as a correspondent for Yank for most of the rest of the war. His stories of that time (1943-1944) were also collected, and were published as "Proceed Without Delay", which unfortunately did not sell as well as the previous book. (In fact, it's pretty hard to find now!)

Sgt. St. George spent about three months near Townsville, Australia (which he used as the basis for the fictional adventures described in his later book "The Bloody Wet"), was later sent to New Guinea, and participated in the landings on Leyte and Luzon in the Philippines, apparently as a combat correspondent. "Proceed Without Delay" ends (rather abruptly) with his harrowing account of being under fire on Leyte after debarking from his transport, APA-41 (USS DuPage; its website is here: http://www.ussdupage.org/) on October 20, 1944.

This was not in any of his books, but Sgt. St. George was wounded in the fighting on Leyte, near Tacloban. Later, he made it back to the U.S. before the Japanese surrender, having gotten all of his "points". He worked in Hollywood for a while, and wrote the screenplay for a film called "Campus Honeymoon". Then he worked in the newspaper field, raised a family, moved back to the Midwest, and settled into an undeserved obscurity that I'm trying to bring him out of!

Please let me know if you have any questions for Mr. St. George, and I will forward them on to him.

 

Thomas R. St. George in 2003

NEW! More drawings are up, along with photos of places in the books. Please click on "His Drawings" above. As I have time, I will try to add more scans of T.R. St. George's inimitable artwork and drawings, including caricatures of himself and other characters in his books, and any other photos or information I find.

The Books

Thomas R. St. George's bibliography:

(NOTE: The first two books are out of print, but can usually be found on amazon.com. All of the rest are available here: http://www2.xlibris.com/bookstore/author.asp?authorid=4260&bookid=15850 )

C/O Postmaster (1943) - Book of the Month Club selection for September 1943! Chronicles his experiences in Australia in 1942. An upbeat, humorous account of an important time in history, and one soldier's place in it. This book will probably help you relate to your father's, uncle's, or grandfather's experiences in the war.

Proceed Without Delay (1945) - Continues the story of his World War II experiences as a correspondent for Yank magazine, including his accounts of trying to stay "free" (out of camp) in the civilian world in an Australian city, and of his travels through New Guinea, culminating in his landing under fire on Leyte in 1944.

Old Tim's Estate (2000) - First book of the Eddie Devlin Compendium, this is a semi-autobiographical story of boyhood in Minnesota at the start of the Great Depression, and covers the years 1929-1935. Young Eddie and his friends witness the first flight of a homemade airplane, and feel the effects of the stock market crash of 1929 on their families.

Wildcat Strike (2000) - Book two of the Eddie Devlin series, tells the story of a truck drivers' labor action in a small Minnesota town in 1939, especially the efforts of one man who tries to stand up to the big company that is cheating them, culminating in the start of World War II and the effect that has on the lives of some of the characters.

The Bloody Wet (2002) - Book three of the Eddie Devlin series, finds Eddie as a soldier in Australia in World War II (1943-1944), stationed near Townsville and Garbutt Field (see http://www.ozatwar.com/garbutt.htm). He gets involved in a plot by several enlisted men to hijack the liquor supply from the local Officers Club, with unintended consequences for all concerned. This book also features several of the characters in earlier and later books in this series.

Bringing Chesty Home (2001) - Book four of the Eddie Devlin series, even though it was apparently completed earlier than Book Three. Eddie is back home in Minnesota in 1948, and must arrange for the remains of one of his boyhood friends to be brought back to his hometown for burial. As a newspaperman, Eddie also covers that year's Truman-Dewey presidential election.

Replevy for a Flute (2001) - Book five of the Eddie Devlin series. I have no idea how to give a short synopsis of this one! Eddie Devlin is now a reporter for a small town Minnesota newspaper in 1956, and he witnesses a series of events involving a corpulent young girl; an incompetent school bus driver; an incompetent truck driver; several escaped pigs, and their effect on a parade; and other snapshots of how interesting life can sometimes be in a small town. Probably the funniest book of the series.

Clyde Strikes Back (2002) - Book six of the Eddie Devlin series. Mostly about the wastrel son of a small town hotel tycoon in 1962-63, his efforts to create a positive legacy, and how the Kennedy assassination throws a shadow over his efforts. Eddie is a fairly minor character in this one.

Flacks (2002) - Book seven, and another candidate for funniest book of the Eddie Devlin series. It's 1973, and Eddie has left the newspaper business, and is now working for a large company in their Public Relations Dept. He's also deeply in debt after his divorce, and having trouble with his love life. His employer sends him as part of a team to shore up the company's image at one of their plants in the South, with disastrous results.

Deadlines (2003) - Book eight of the Eddie Devlin series. It's 1984, and Eddie is back in the newspaper field, now in the Twin Cities. His love life is improving too. This one is mainly political satire/comedy, and a bit lighter than much of the rest of the series.

The Survivors (2003) - The ninth and last book of the Eddie Devlin series. Eddie has entered a retirement home, and is now (2000) surrounded by many of the people he has known all his life (and who were characters in the various books). This is perhaps the darkest book of the series, although it certainly has its amusing vignettes. The elderly care industry is subjected to Mr. St. George's satiric rapier, which in itself is worth reading the book.

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