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Wesley to Folks, 05/03/1942 

Pvt Wesley R Slaymaker Co A 129 Inf 33 div Camp Forrest Tenn

May 3, 1942

Dear Folks

I got your letter yesterday so am writing today as long as itís Sunday. If I would have written last night it wouldnít have went out anyway so decided to wait until today.

We, 25 of us, had to go on an honorary guard to escort our regimental commander to the train. He was transferred. The guards formed a line on both sides of the road from regimental headquarters to the train and stood with our rifles at present arms as he passed by in a car escorted by motorcycles. It sure was some sendoff.

Betty wrote about it hailing up there. How bad did it hail there? How did Laurenceís Birthday turn out? Also the Banquet?

So you are going to double list some this year, how many acres of oats did you put in? I am glad that horse is doing his share. Wish I had a mate to him.

I guess we are going back out to the range to fire our rifles and get a little more target practice tomorrow and the next day.

I still havenít heard any thing about furloughs except they still talk about them so am still in high hopes of getting one. I donít know just when.

I hope Jean likes her job and makes it ok. Has she been feeling good lately? Sure sorry my letters were going up to (?eukís). Never happened to think about there being 2 Mrs. L Slaymakers.

I donít know any news. I passed inspection ok again Saturday. It was pretty tough this time. Lots of officers and they really gave us the once over. I have a letter from Darold and Lloyd and Mrs. Cooper so suppose I will be writing for quite a while to get caught up.

Well, folks I hope everybody is feeling alright at home and donít worry too much about me, Iím ok and never felt better in my life. Sorry I havenít been writing every day but itís really hard to keep everything done and write some too, but am going to try and do better from now on. Hope I see you soon, and good night.

Love

Wesley

Charlie McCarthy is on the radio, pretty good.