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Jimmy Ley Collection

James “Jimmy” J. Ley attended Grinnell College for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942. Ley’s papers include an extensive series of correspondence written by Ley during his time at Grinnell and in the army air force, as well as personal items, photographs, and military documents.

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Ley, Jimmy
Jimmy looks forward to going home for spring break. He talks about the war getting serious. He wants to get a job on campus and asks how the family business is going.

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Jimmy attended a dance wearing his new tuxedo. Betty got a new job.

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Ley, Jimmy
Jimmy visits the doctor. He also visits Betty and Shirley in Des Moines.

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Ley, Jimmy
Jimmy writes to Bill describing in detail everything he knows about the Air Corps, since Billy is interested in joining.

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Ley, Jimmy
Jimmy thanks his mother for a Thanksgiving package. He moved to the shipping squadron before graduation on Friday.

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Ley, Jimmy
Jimmy wishes that his short vacation from mechanical school would line up with Betty’s wedding so he could attend.

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Jimmy flunked the physical exam for aerial gunnery because of his eye sight but he was accepted to mechanics school instead.

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Ley, Jimmy
Jimmy went out dancing in town, asks about life at home, and describes the schedule for technical school.

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Ley, Jimmy
After his first two in the classroom, Jimmy is anxious to move past the preliminary coursework. He asks about home, his check, and his life insurance policy.

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Ley, Jimmy
Jimmy reports some of what he has studied so far. He expresses excitement that his parents are planning to visit him.

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Ley, Jimmy
Jimmy writes about starting night school and trying to meet girls.

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Ley, Jimmy
Jimmy describes some of the practical work he is doing in class and the importance of precision. He is thankful for the letters he received from Bob and from his dad.

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Jimmy mentions his first test and responds to news he read in newspapers from Iowa.

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Jimmy has started an Airplane Structures class and he describes a Glenn L. Martin bomber plane.

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Ley, Jimmy
Writing from the Service Club, Jimmy relays news that Grinnell is going to be used as an Officer’s Training School.

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Ley, Jimmy
Jimmy explains why Sheppard Field is considered one of the toughest camps with low morale.

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Ley, Jimmy
Jimmy talks about letters he has received from family and friends.

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Ley, Jimmy
Jimmy describes a dust storm and his mechanical training.

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Ley, Jimmy
After completing his first two weeks at Sheppard Field, Jimmy writes about the heat and his postal correspondence with family and friends.

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Jimmy is shipped to a different part of Sheppard Field for technical school.

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