John got an Army assignment to go to Texas, and Phyllis had to finish high school at Young America High School.
Instead of immediately returning to school, she spent the first six weeks of the school semester with John in Texas, thanks to permission from her teachers and administrators at school.
“Things were different back then,” she said. “I was making fairly good grades, so they allowed me to do this. When I came back, I made up my classwork to get my credits so I could graduate.”
When she graduated that May, she moved back to Texas and lived in a duplex with another military couple for about a year.
They would spend a lot of time hanging out and having fun with the other couples who lived around them.
“I didn’t miss home,” Phyllis said. “We were always doing something. It was new and different.”
When John was discharged, they moved back to Galveston and moved around Cass County a few times when John got new jobs working with different farmers.
“We struggled with money because I wasn’t making much money,” John said.
They had a big garden and raised chickens, and whenever they bought beef they’d put it in the freezer. Phyllis would also sew clothes for their five children.
“We ate a lot out of the garden and ate a lot of chicken,” Phyllis said. “We got what we could and what we didn’t, we did without.”
John, who got a job selling seed corn, won two trips to Hawaii and one trip to Vegas for selling so much for the company.
There were fun times for the Metcalfs, who left the kids at home when they traveled to the destinations.
“We actually didn’t get too many vacations, so when we got one, we enjoyed it,” she said. “We’re good companions. We do everything together and we did then too.”