|Date of Comment
|7/13/2005 6:45:00 AM
||I'm Virginia's daughter, and we just lost her on April 26, 2005. Tough time.
Anyway, she and Aunt Jean talked often about when they went to find Wesley in
the hospital. They told each other not to cry, but it didn't work out that
way. They were so thrilled to see him. They've been a very close family.
|5/20/2004 9:14:00 PM
||Aunt Avis told how Jean AND Virginia found dad, they road the street car to the
hospitial and started to walk up and down every ward till they found him
|3/30/2004 3:40:00 PM
||I love this! The number 1# reason is because I'm learning about it! Man, this
is so cool! See ya!!
|12/2/2003 9:10:00 PM
||Here's a link to the postcard: Click here
|7/25/2003 11:48:00 PM
||From what Grandpa writes in his letters, I believe Verney Dix is the same as
the one mentioned here, which is a site that lists men from Woodson County, Kansas,
who died in WWII. The site indicates Verney Dix gave his life on Luzon.
|7/6/2003 12:41:00 PM
||Found this v-mail letter in a photo album here in Atkinson while visiting for
4th of July, 2003. Grandpa is a little more explicit about his wounds here than he is in any of the other letters I've seen.
|6/15/2003 3:17:00 PM
||This is the "I May Drop in to Surprise
You!" postcard. I gather this must be his very first correspondence
|4/6/2003 11:20:00 PM
||This is a good letter that gives a glimpse of life at the hospital in
Springfield, MO, while recovering from wounds.
|10/19/2002 11:37:00 AM
||On the envelope of this v-mail
someone had written: "The First letter from
Bougainville Nov 19-
|10/19/2002 11:35:00 AM
||This is the postcard with the
dancers on the front. Had a tough time reading
much of the writing so please refer to the image. The postmark is Fort
|10/19/2002 11:34:00 AM
||This is the postcard with the
outhouse on the
|10/19/2002 11:33:00 AM
||The other side of this postcard is
a picture of the New Orleans Municipal
Auditorium. Lloyd mentions this is where he is
|10/19/2002 11:29:00 AM
||This is the postcard with the guy
in baggy uniform on the front. Couldn't
quite make out how he signed the letter at the
|10/19/2002 11:27:00 AM
||According to a conversation I had with Aunt Avis, the "chicken house" he
refers to is a bad case
of chicken pox she had just before he left. She was very ill, but did manage
to attend the going
away party held for him at the Slaymaker Ranch. There is a clipping describing the gathering and
those attending in the scrapbook accompanying these
|9/23/2002 2:52:00 PM
||This is a rare one-page letter from Grandpa so I scanned it in, see it
|9/23/2002 2:12:00 PM
||This is from the following postcard here. I don't know the actual date of this card. I put
of mid-August as Grandpa mentions Jean getting back from a trip to California
in a letter from Sept 24,
|9/23/2002 2:10:00 PM
|9/23/2002 12:20:00 PM
||Darold mentions Atkinson seeming to have lost a lot of men. Here is a link
on more about those lost in WW2
( http://www.rootsweb.com/~necivwar/ww2/honorlst.html ), and below is the list
specifically for Holt
ALBERS RICHARD E 37267203 CPL DOW
BARNES LLOYD M 37146012 S SG DNB
BIGLIN WILLIAM J 17116415 PFC KIA
BOLIN BERNARD E 37482367 PVT DOW
BRADY LLOYD G 37468033 S SG FOD
BRAINARD DORSON B 37146016 PVT KIA
BURGE FLOYD E 37448038 S SG KIA
BUTZKE VIRGIL P 37120147 TEC5 KIA
CAMERON LYNN T 17040903 S SG KIA
CARY LADDIE 37145982 T SG KIA
CHILDERS HAROLD W 37036528 PVT KIA
CRANDALL CALVIN D 37477530 PVT KIA
DAILEY DONALD L 6580609 PVT KIA
DAVIS DALE A 19063626 S SG KIA
DE LONG LEV J 37146017 S SG KIA
DESEIVE CLAYTON J 37480495 CPL DNB
EPPENBACH HAROLD V 37482379 PFC KIA
FOX JANES I 37074700 PFC KIA
GALLAGHER JOHN M 37267523 SGT DOW
GOLDFUSS CHARLES P 37747302 PVT DOW
HAMILTON JOHN R 37754683 PFC KIA
HARTY MICHAEL E 01297534 1 LT KIA
JARESKE FLOYD M 37120146 SGT KIA
JUNGMAN ROBERT E 0-541900 2 LT KIA
KOPEJTKA ALLEN L 37731647 PVT DNB
MACK JOSEPH A 01999957 2 LT KIA
MC KENZIE TED 37120355 PVT KIA
MEYBORG WALTER E 37480548 PFC KIA
MURPHY ROBERT L 0-740258 2 LT KIA
NEWTON DEWEY C 37151096 SGT DNB
NINAS ROBERT E 37123683 TEC5 KIA
RAKOW MENDELL L 0-682677 1 LT KIA
RIDGEWAY ROBERT R 37074706 PFC KIA
ROSNO JAMES M 37262899 PVT DNB
SCHNEIDER GEORGE F 37151042 PVT DOW
SHOLES RICHARD F 37468085 PFC KIA
STEWART DAVID E 37267208 PVT DNB
SWANSON ROBERT J 37465993 PFC KIA
THOENDEL VICTOR C 0-735492 2 LT FOD
THORIN MELVIN S 37256411 TEC5 DOW
TUSHLA HAROLD R 0-660935 LT FOD
VALLA FRANCIS B 17040384 CPL DNB
WOEPPEL MARREN M 37486146 PFC DOW
WOLFE MAXWELL 37448161 SGT DNB
WOOD BURTIS M 37448057 TEC4 DNB
WOOD WARREN F 37468046 S SG KIA
YOUNG RICHARD C 37482372 PVT KIA
ZAHRADNICEK HARRY H 37753040 PVT KIA
Type of Casualty
KIA Killed In Action
DOW Died of Wounds
DOI Died of injuries (fatal injury in battle)
DNB Died, non-battle (from sickness, training, maneuver deaths)
FOD Finding of Death
GEN General (four star)
LT G Lieutenant General (three star)
MG Major General (two star)
B G Brigadier General (one star)
LT C Lietenant Colonol
1 LT 1st Lieutenant
2 LT 2nd Lieutenant
C WO Chief Warrant Officer
WOJG Warrant Office, Junior Grade
FL O Flight Officer
AV C Aviation Cadet
M SG Master Sergeant
1 SG 1st Sergeant
T SG Technical Sergeant
S SG Staff Sargeant
TEC3 Technicial 3rd Grade
TEC4 Technicial 4th Grade
TEC5 Technicial 5th Grade
PFC Private First Class
|9/23/2002 11:06:00 AM
||Ken mentions his number being close to Wesley's and Lloyd's:
Ken - 37146009
Wesley - 37146011
Lloyd - 37146012
|9/23/2002 11:04:00 AM
||This letter was written as part of a letter from Ken the same day. I
separated the two out for purposes of presentation on this site.
|9/23/2002 10:27:00 AM
||Ken says here "Hope we don't have to spend 29 months over here." I guess it
turned out to be more like 31 for Grandpa.
|9/23/2002 10:13:00 AM
||First letter from New Hebrides.
|9/23/2002 10:13:00 AM
||Good description of some everyday life kind of things on the island in terms
of keeping personal items and so forth.
|9/22/2002 10:22:00 PM
||About a sentence worth was censored (literally cut out, leaving the page in
two pieces) from this letter.
||I gather he is referring to Pete Duffy, Holt County Sheriff. Would be
interesting to know what the uproar was about.
||On the front of the envelope containing this letter, someone has
written "House slippers."
Grandpa mentions in here about a time in Fiji when he fell down a hill
carrying a 50 pound tripod (probably like the one here) and the tripod came down on him and knocked him
Also mentions here that he saw both Jack Benny and Bob Hope recently, and
Jack Benny was much better.
||This letter was addressed to
Mrs. Irwin Gaughenbaugh
209 Lake Shore Drive
but it was re-directed to RR2 Atkinson Neb
|7/15/2002 6:00:00 PM
||Electricity comes to the farms in Holt County.
|7/15/2002 1:45:00 PM
||This letter was written on American Red Cross stationery. It has a red cross at
the top of each page with the words "American Red Cross" printed in red
centered beneath the cross. At the bottom of each page, in quotes, "To furnish
aid to the sick and wounded of armies...." and "To act in matters of voluntary
relief and in accord woth the military and naval authorities as a medium of
communication between the people of the United States of America and their Army
and Navy..." The Charter of the American National Red Cross. By Act of
Congress January 5, 1905.
|7/15/2002 11:58:00 AM
||Dad makes sargeant rank
|7/14/2002 4:51:00 PM
||In an envelope to Mrs. Roy Johnson & Family Hartville Wyo from Mr. & Mrs. G.H.
|7/14/2002 4:41:00 PM
||There was no date specified in the letter but i think the post mark says June
21, 1944. The letter is addressed to Mrs. L.G. Slaymaker, 126 South Jackson
St., Casper Wyoming % Mrs. Roy Eaten.
|7/13/2002 7:40:00 PM
||This letter was written on nifty stationery that has the insignia of all four
service branches at the top of each page.
|7/13/2002 12:15:00 PM
||Dad sounds blue here. The war must have heated up.
He talks about Laurence not eating meat on "those days" and making it to church
every Sunday. Mary Timmerman and Laurence were planning to get married and she
|7/13/2002 11:55:00 AM
||On the front of each envelope to Charley and Izetta there is a mark that looks
like this: =ll (two bar eleven?)
I think that this is their cattle brand and denotes that they have read and
responded to dad's letter.
|7/12/2002 12:52:00 PM
||(included in this letter was a page of paper in Laurence Slaymaker, Sr.
handwriting with the following written on it.)1 Ques. Are you at Australia? If
so write this sentence: We have mutton most every day.2 Ques Are you at New
Caledonia? If so write this sentence: Itís not quite so hot here.3 Ques Are
you at New Hebrides? If so write this sentence: The temperature is about the
same here.4 Ques Are you in the Solomon Iles? If so write this sentence: I
donít sleep very good since we moved.5 Ques Are you at New Guinea? If so write
this sentence: My watch sure keeps good time over here.6 Ques Do you have
combat duty? If so write this sentence: Iím always tired at night.P.S. Answer
one out of the first five and be sure to answer the sixth one.Written Mar. 28,
1943Should get a reply to this by April 20th at least. There are also 2
Japanese one peso bills
|7/11/2002 9:37:00 PM
||The horse's name is Satan.
|7/11/2002 5:36:00 PM
||Written on the back of the envelope is Irvin E. Gaughenbaugh RT1/C, USS Breton
k Division, % Fleet Post Office, San Francisco California
|7/11/2002 5:17:00 PM
||he mentions that he crossed the equator 3 times by ship and once by plane.
|7/11/2002 1:02:00 PM
||There was a small piece of black or navy blue material in the envelope with
|7/11/2002 11:46:00 AM
||The date on this letter is Jan. 6, 1945, (postmark is Jan 6, 1946) however I
think that it was written in 1946 when he was in the hosp. and he did one of
those first of the year glitches witht he year.
|7/10/2002 9:15:00 PM
||Written on the back of the envelope is "The first letter we received when
Wesley arrived in States at California and saw the girls 2nd day Virginia &
|7/10/2002 4:11:00 PM
|7/10/2002 3:43:00 PM
|7/10/2002 3:32:00 PM
|7/10/2002 3:23:00 PM
||No. 13.Included in the envelope with this letter is a sheet of paper with the
following on it. 1. Are you at Australia? 2. Are you at New Zealand? 3.Are you
at the Fiji Islands? 4. Are you at New Hebrides? 5. are you at New Caledonia?
6. Are you at the Gilbert Islands? Answer yes to the qustion that corresponds
to the number where you are at or better yet just add a 2 or a 3 or whichever
if may be at the end of your letter. (I believe the unusual signature
corresponds to this piece of
|7/10/2002 2:49:00 PM
||No. 12. I am not sure of the name of the guy on the football team he is asking
|7/10/2002 2:34:00 PM
|7/10/2002 2:18:00 PM
|7/10/2002 2:07:00 PM
|7/10/2002 1:49:00 PM
|7/10/2002 1:31:00 PM
||No. 7. I am not sure of the spelling of the last name of the guy (from St.
pitched for their
|7/10/2002 1:13:00 PM
||also in envelope marked No. 6
|7/10/2002 1:06:00 PM
|7/10/2002 12:51:00 PM
|7/10/2002 12:19:00 PM
||No. 4 on envelope
|7/10/2002 11:54:00 AM
||In envelope to Virginia in care of Petersons Beauty Shoppe
|7/10/2002 11:35:00 AM
||No. 3 on envelope
|7/10/2002 11:23:00 AM
||In envelope post marked Oct 10, 1942. Some one (Grandpa Laurence?) has written
in pencil No. 2 on the envelope.
|7/10/2002 10:53:00 AM
||This is the first letter home after he shipped out. Postmarked Oct. 8, 1942,
American Base Force A.P.O. It has a 6 cent airmail stamp on it and a censor's
stamp signed by Cap. Virgil E. White. Someone has written on the envelope No.
|7/9/2002 6:33:00 PM
||A statement of his investment philosophy! This one really worked.
|7/9/2002 6:18:00 PM
||First letter from Camp Stoneman. He wasn't allowed to say the name of the camp
in his letter but it is on the postmark on the envelope.
|7/9/2002 6:02:00 PM
||This is the letter telling his folks he is being moved out. This is one of two
letters postmarked Aug. 18th, 1942. This one is postmarked from Camp Forrest
at 3 p.m.
|7/9/2002 5:48:00 PM
||This is one of two letters mailed on August 18, 1943. The envelope for this
letter is postmarked Tullahoma, Tenn. 10 p.m.
|7/9/2002 5:27:00 PM
||The envelope to this letter had been burned on the right end after the letter
was opened. There are a couple of charred spots on the letter as well.
|7/8/2002 9:40:00 PM
||Someone is going to have to ask Grandpa what the proper spelling of this horse
is supposed to be. Sa'tow or Sataw or Saton. Can't tell. Click here to see the first letter he mentions it in.
I just can't read the writing well enough to guess at it.
|7/8/2002 9:33:00 PM
||Had to guess on the date of this letter as Grandpa only wrote "December 1943"
at the head of the letter, which is unusual for him. Guessing 12/19/1943 for
the date because the previous letter was 12/13 and he said he went to church
that morning and also that he would go to church Christmas morning, which
would come prior to the next Sunday, so I think I'm probably right.
|7/8/2002 7:13:00 AM
||Gets transferred to Company M in 33rd Division.
|7/8/2002 7:10:00 AM
||See the actual telegram by clicking here.
|7/8/2002 7:04:00 AM
||From the site at bottom of this comment I gleaned the
following dates about the 37th Division, 129th
haven't checked yet to see whether these dates match up with anything
mentioned in the
- Landed Bougainville Nov 13, 1943
- March, 1944 eight Japanese
divisional attacks, main counterattack Mar 11 toward Piva Airfield which hit
the 129th Infantry as well as Mar 23
- Landed Luzon Jan 9,
- Captured Clark Field by end of
- Wounded Jan 29
|7/7/2002 9:20:00 PM
||Grandpa reveals a few interesting details at the tail end of this letter after
he notes that some of the limits of censorship have been lifted.
|7/7/2002 6:28:00 PM
||I'm not sure of the name of the Chaplin.
|7/7/2002 5:21:00 PM
||Am not sure of the spelling of the last name of Bob, the other red headed guy
in the tent.
|7/7/2002 3:31:00 PM
||Letter where he announces he now has his own squad and is a Cpl.
|7/7/2002 2:55:00 PM
||This is from the U.S. Infantry
|7/7/2002 2:08:00 PM
||Some interesting comments here on branding.
|7/7/2002 2:00:00 PM
||Grandpa mentions his "30 cal. gun" that "works like a clock". I think the gun
described here is the one he is talking about.
Only weighed 41 lbs!
|7/7/2002 11:01:00 AM
||Letter announcing his promotion to Private First Class. Mentions Gordon
Carlisle,is this the letter that indicates he has heard that Gordon was killed?
|7/7/2002 10:50:00 AM
||On back of envelope is an address (not in Wesley's writing) Edward Whelan Ph
(?) 2/e, U.S. Naval Hospital, Phila. Penna.
|6/30/2002 7:16:00 PM
||Here's a great site regarding Camp Stoneman:
|6/30/2002 7:15:00 PM
||I sure had a tough time reading what Glenn wrote in the P.S. there. I bet I
got it wrong. Here's the official Navy link about the USS Heywood
|6/30/2002 3:26:00 PM
||Had a tough time reading Ken's handwriting on more than one occasion on this
one so someone may want to re-read what I transcribed.
|6/30/2002 2:51:00 PM
||Thought this was a good quote: "I got another letter from Helen Zink last
night. She's sure a funny girl I'll admit I can't understand her half of the
time. All these darn women are like that to some extent."
|6/30/2002 2:25:00 PM
||There were two men named Decker in the squad, "Big" and "Little". "Little"
Decker shipped out before the Battle of Bouganville. Of the rest mentioned,
Morrison and "Big" Decker were killed and Baum and Nellis were wounded at the
same time Wes was. Also in the Squad was Aubrey Ball, the first gunner, who was
|6/30/2002 2:21:00 PM
||Virginia couldn't say Wesley when she was little so she called him Feffy
|6/30/2002 2:20:00 PM
||Charlie Tasler was castrating calves and one kicked the knife into his face,
nearly cutting his nose off. Wesley doesn't remember that he had much of a scar
at all in later years.
|6/30/2002 2:14:00 PM
||Wes got a chuckle out of this comment when he heard it!
|6/30/2002 1:55:00 PM
||They left from the Golden Hotel in O'Neill at 7 am. It was below zero. They
traveled by bus to Omaha.
|6/30/2002 1:43:00 PM
||It was interesting for me as a "grand kid" to read the following from this
letter: "I took the order for my bronze star down to Captain Jack's office
They are going to call me down some time next week to be decorated. You know
a General will pin it on me, shake hands with me. I'll give him a big salute,
which he won't return, and all the time I'll be shaking worse than I was when
I earned the darn thing. I don't know it will be worth it or not. But maybe
it will be nice to show to some of my grand kids, which I doubt if I ever
|6/30/2002 10:43:00 AM
||This one Grandpa mentions the names of all the men in his squad.
|6/30/2002 10:30:00 AM
||Sure had a tough time reading the handwriting on this one.
|6/29/2002 9:49:00 PM
||On the outside fold of this letter, the following text was found:
Say Mom I opened this & read it.
Last night Aunt Mattie called & said that
she had a card from Maxine Johnson & she had had a letter from Wesley dated
Jan 17th I'll write Aunt Mattie a card tonight.
Sure did snow didn't it
the roads aren't too bad. I didn't have any mail today.
Wesleys letter was
pretty good wasn't
|6/29/2002 9:02:00 PM
||This letter was written on a full v-mail sheet but apparently enclosed in an
envelope and mailed instead of being copied onto microfilm and transported.
Either that, or there was an error somewhere in the process.
|6/28/2002 11:01:00 PM
||Grandpa clearly didn't like V-Mail. Here's more about its history:
|6/28/2002 10:49:00 PM
||A good web site on Camp Forrest can be found at:
|6/28/2002 10:45:00 PM
||The "Yoo Hoo" incident took place in July of 1941 in Memphis and certainly
must have spread quickly through the troops. See the following site for more
on this General:
|6/28/2002 10:43:00 PM
||"You said we have every thing in our family but a nurse and an
auctioneer. I'll try and get the nurse, Avis will have to round up the
latter." I think that's my favorite quote in these letters so far.
|6/28/2002 10:30:00 PM
||It was a ritual every evening for most people to sit down and write letters to the boys in the
service. Avis and Jean were doing light housekeeping at Faye Bilsteinís house. ďEvery night Jean
and I would sit down and write. Then we would walk the letters over to the train depot and mail
them. If you got them there before midnight they would go out on the train. Then we walked over to
the Night and Day Cafť and had a cup of Coffee before going
|6/28/2002 10:28:00 PM
||Avis was 14 and a freshman in high school when Wesley left for the service. She lived in
Atkinson and did light housekeeping in a room at Mrs. Wellerís house. (See letter from early 1942
that mentions row she had with Mrs. W.) The ďset-toĒ was over Avisís girlfriends who came to walk
with her to school each day, not knocking and just parading through the Weller living room on
their way to Avisís room. Mrs. W. chewed Avis out about it and Avis flew back at her. They didnít
speak for about 3 weeks. Laurence also had a room
|6/28/2002 10:36:00 AM
||The Fred who wrote a note to Avis found by Grandma Slaymaker in her room that Wes mentions in one
of his early letters of 1942 is Fred Tesch. He was her boyfriend her freshman year in high school.
He later became the Cass County sheriff.