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Beany September 30th, 1941

July 30

Battle Practice and the Firing Range at Camp Wolters

Battle Practice and the Firing Range at Camp Wolters

From the Camp Wolters information booklet that was published by Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as a service for the troops:

Camp Wolters, named for the late Brigadier Jacob F. Wolters, is one of the nation’s largest Infantry Replacement Centers.

Men of Camp Wolters are Infantry soldiers, members of the largest single branch of the Army. During your training here, you will become familiar with many weapons, the rifle, machine gun, mortar, bayonet, hand grenade and others.

Your stay at Wolters is short. The training offered you here is like life insurance- the more you take away with you the better off you will be.

“Dear Jerrio,

Thanks for the money- I can sure use it. You have really been spending a lot of late. We are supposed to get paid sometime this week-however I owe half my check to a kid but the rest should hold me for a while.

Sorry to hear your draft number is coming closer. The reason for the heavy calls is because they are letting about 200,000 out by Xmas if the papers are correct. Whatever you do don’t worry about it like I did because after the first month the whole thing swings into a routine and you get used to it all.

The big thing that bothers most fellows is the sudden change of life and being held down away from home. Don’t forget I can give you a lot of tips and tell you everything you will have to do so it will help you a lot.

After most of the elementary things like close order drilling, learning the rifle and firing rifles and machine guns it tapers off and you just review things and see a lot of films about the things you are doing. So you see you sit around quite a bit.

I guess I told you that you get a break of 10 minutes in each hour for smoking, etc. Sometimes its 15 or 20. Another thing pay no attention to the things you hear people say about how hard they drill you, snakes, and stuff like that. It’s all a lot of baloney- even the fellows you meet when you first get in will try to fill you full of things. Just laugh all those rumors off because they aren’t true.

Gee, I guess I’m trying to make you think you’re already in. You may even escape it thru examinations or something. But don’t rely on that as some fellows have been drafted with just a scanty exam that have things wrong with them. However at Snelling you really get a good one.

Enough of this- just remember I’ll always be a few steps ahead of you to let you know about everything.

We are supposed to be eligible for a furlough after this training period but I guess it will depend a lot on where we are sent. I heard that if war conditions are no worse a good percentage of the entire army get about 8 days leave at Xmas so I may plan a furlough after this training if I get the right connections.

A hint for my birthday would be some sweat socks. They are the only thing to wear and mine are about wore out.

Yes, I rec’d your letters and enjoyed it. Dolores wrote that she got pretty stiff that night and that she’s back on the wagon. I sent her a telegram congratulating her on her birthday today. I couldn’t afford a present. I hope she didn’t expect one.

Greet that luscious little brunette of yours from me.

As ever,

Beany”

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