Mar 8, 2012

Sun, Mar 1, 1942: left for camp

“There were several boys from near here left for camp last Thursday.  Besides Wayne and Rex Smith there was Keith Parry, Vernon Wheeler, Junior Price and several others.
“Don't forget to come up to the folks Golden Wedding Anniversary next Sun. Mar. 8th if you can.”
-- Letter from my grandmother, Bloomington, Kans., to my father, Southwestern College, Winfield, Kans., Sunday, March 1, 1942.  This letter was written less than three months after Pearl Harbor. My father was a 17-year-old college freshman and not yet eligible for the draft; but many of his friends and neighbors were joining the military.

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