Jimmy Ley Collection

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Jimmy Ley to Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Ley - November 22, 1942
Only four days away from graduation, Jimmy looks forward to moving to a new base.
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Jimmy Ley to Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Ley - November 4, 1942
Jimmy compares new lieutenants with more experienced officers. His letter from Aunt Ida mentions black-out curtains.
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Jimmy Ley to Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Ley - November 6, 1942
Jimmy talks about the final phases in school and the power of Allison engines.
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Jimmy Ley to Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Ley - November 9, 1942
After a few days of rain, the group went on a five mile hike in the mud and Jimmy comments on football.
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Jimmy Ley to Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Ley - October 12, 1942
Jimmy ends the carburetion phase. He hopes to graduate around Thanksgiving time. He mentions his father’s scrap business back at home and tells about a parade they put on in the camp.
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Jimmy Ley to Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Ley - October 13, 1942
Jimmy goes on sick call for athlete’s foot. He writes that last week all of the instructors received promotions, most to sergeants, which greatly improved morale for them.
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Jimmy Ley to Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Ley - October 21, 1942
Jimmy tells about his new schedule. He discourages his parents from visiting since he hopes he’ll be able to get a furlough when classes end.
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Jimmy Ley to Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Ley - October 24, 1942
Jimmy responds to news from home about Betty’s wedding and a local fire.
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Jimmy Ley to Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Ley - October 25, 1942
Jimmy describes an obstacle course and a hike with gas masks and other gear for training.
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Jimmy Ley to Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Ley - October 29, 1942
Jimmy reports that he only has twenty days of school left. Jimmy mentions a forthcoming gas ration.
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Jimmy Ley to Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Ley - March 12, 1942
After informing his parents of a missing check, Jimmy discusses his weekend plans to visit Des Moines.
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Jimmy Ley to Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Ley - March 20, 1942
Jimmy talks about recent new concerning the war and mentions for the first time that he will most likely have to serve for a long time. He wonders if he should attend summer school to try to speed up his graduation.
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Jimmy Ley to Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Ley - July 21, 1942
Jimmy arrives in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He has received his uniform and writes about his daily schedule at the Reception Center Division.
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Jimmy Ley to Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Ley - July 24, 1942
Jimmy arrives at Sheppard Field, Texas for training for the Air Corps. He hopes to become a mechanic. He describes the hot desert climate.
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Jimmy Ley to Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Ley - July 29, 1942
Jimmy outlines his daily schedule and describes the various divisions that he would like to join such as aerial gunnery.
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Jimmy Ley to Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Ley - July 30, 1942
Jimmy thanks his parents for their letter and birthday gift. He tells about his vaccinations and disease in the army.
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Jimmy Ley to Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Ley - August 1, 1942
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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Jimmy Ley to Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Ley - August 5, 1942
Jimmy describes a dust storm and his mechanical training.
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Jimmy Ley to Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Ley - August 7, 1942
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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