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Practicing Interrogation

George Trofimoff had not only graduated from language school at Ft. Ord in California; he taught there. He was now given official assignment orders which read: Hqs Fifth Corps, G-2 section, 525th Headquarters Intelligence Department (HID). He was told to report to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. This would be the...

Leaving Hartford

The US Army recruiting office in Hartford provided young George Trofimoff with his enlistment and reporting documents for Fort Ord in California, travel tickets, meal tickets, and a per diem travel pay. He was also told that he could get an advance in pay if needed, but he declined the offer...

You’re In The Army Now!

When young George Trofimoff was growing up in Germany, his father told him tales of honor, pomp and majesty, while serving in the Czar’s White Russian army. He also somehow knew that the United States Army Expeditionary Force had two regiments inside Russia supporting the White Army against the Red Army...

American Adjustment

Young George Trofimoff was gradually folding into the American fabric, but Uncle Paul, the Quaker who sponsored his immigration to America did not want him to get the wrong impression. Not everyone in America was as well-off as Uncle Paul. So, he arranged for George to move to the Hartford...

The Friends Want to Know More

After the Friends meeting that young George Trofimoff first attended, some of the Friends asked that he tell more of his World WarII experience in Germany. So, he promised to put together a presentation, practice his English and return the next Sunday. When Sunday came, George was prepared but nervous about...

Quaker Meeting

Young George Trofimoff had been in the home of Paul Butterworth at Sunset Farms for a couple of weeks, when “Uncle Paul” told him that he would like for him to attend the Sunday Meeting of the local Society of Friends, the Quakers. Uncle Paul wanted to introduce George to...

“Uncle Paul”

“Uncle Paul,” Paul Butterworth, owned a farm at Sunset Farms, West Hartford, Connecticut. It could easily have been photographed for a Currier and Ives calendar with its two-story house, pond down the hill and trees lined in orderly rows. This man of Quaker faith was both generous and disciplined. Young...

Learning The American Way

Young George Trofimoff had been at the Sunset Farm home in West Hartford only a few days when Uncle Paul came to his room and announced, “We must go shopping for ‘necessities.'” George did not know the term “necessities” but followed Uncle Paul dutifully, all the while wondering what necessities...