“We got married, went on our honeymoon, came back, and he left,” Carolyn said.
The night before Joe left, his family had a tearful send-off dinner for him.
“That was the saddest dinner I ever attended,” Joe said. “You’d think I was leaving forever.”
Joe had never been away from home before, and he was suddenly going to be away for a long period of time. The morning he got on the bus to leave, everyone was crying.
“It was sad,” Carolyn said. “We really didn’t know what to expect. We knew it was coming, but it was still a shock.”
Joe went to basic training for four months, two at Fort Chaffey in Arkansas, and then two at Fort Knox in Kentucky. He knew he would be stationed in Germany, but wasn’t sure if Carolyn would be allowed to be with him. She made it her mission to be given approval to go.
“I told my mom, ‘If they let me go, I’m going over there,’” Carolyn said. “Mom said, ‘No they won’t let you,’ And I said, ‘Yes they will.’”
They granted permission, and Carolyn was excited. She got there not long after he did and they stayed at a hotel near Frankfurt for $5 per night which included a hardboiled egg and a hard roll for breakfast. Once the Army found out they were staying in a hotel, a sergeant invited them to stay at his Army-furnished apartment. They lived there for a little while before they moved into an attic apartment with a twin-size bed and ladder to climb to get inside.
“We didn’t care though, we were together,” Carolyn said.
The Prices spent 19 months together in Germany, and it was an exciting time, even though it was also a bit of an adjustment. They were there nine years after the war ended, and there were still big piles of rubble where buildings got blown up.