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Wesley to Folks, 02/23/1942 

Pvt Slaymaker Ft Leavenworth Kansas

February 23, 1942 Tuesday

Dear Folk

Just a few lines to let you know that Iím still here and still here and donít know when Iíll get moved. But donít think tomorrow.

The bunk I got in the barracks is the one Lenard Davis had the kid in the next bunk told me.

I got split up from the rest of the boys but get to see them every once in a while donít know if Iíll get stationed with any of them or not. If any it will be Leo Weichman.

Iím sure Iíll get in the Cavalry and my first job will be Barn Boss and the next will be a horse breaker.

We have plenty to eat and good bed. I wish they would hurry up and ship me out of here so I could get some mail.

Wish I could get out of here and up to Leavenworth and see a little of Kansas.

I been writing a lot, seems like, but not to no one but Betty and you. Iím going to mail this then go to bed. We have 11 General Rules of a Soldier to learn.

Iím getting along fine but donít know what Iím going to do when I meet a officer. I was in retreat for the first time tonight.

Boys play a lot of cards and roll a lot of dice but the stakes are too big for me. By the way Uncle Elmer stuck 5 dollars in my pocket when we left. I got to shave and take a shower, so good by and donít worry. Iíll be seeing you.

Lots of Love

Pvt Wesley R Slaymaker