Letter from Wilson Ashby McElveen, Jr. to his mother and father, postmarked July 3, 1945


Letter from Wilson Ashby McElveen, Jr. to his mother and father, postmarked July 3, 1945


Letter sent from W. A. McElveen, Jr. to his parents in Sumter, S. C.


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Charleston (S. C.)


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Postmarked July 3, 1945

[Written on paper with letterhead “Cadet Ashby McElveen, The Citadel, Charleston, S.C.]

Dear Mom + Pop,

Well I have had a big week-end. We got out on Friday about 5:00 to 10:05 that night. Ray, Scott, Ralph Livingston from Hartsville and Jimmy walked down King Street and around the battery. We had a good time just being free. We got out Sat. at 12:00. Ray was detained by his corporal so I left and went out to Folly with Ralph and Scott. I had to buy a bathing suit as I had forgotten and left mine behind. We had a swell time and met some girls. Leaving there about 7:30 we went to Y. W. C. A. We met Ray there. They have open house every Sat. night there with plenty of girls to dance with. On Sunday we got out at 10:00 and Ray and I spent the day at Folly. It feels so good to be out of uniform and in a bathing [illegible deletion] suit thats nice and cool. We came back about 4:30.

This school is set up so that you have study periods at the night time. We have leave tomorrow night and have the 4th of July but have to come back to study ont he night of July 4th.

Enclosed is slip from the yacgt yacht club which I wish to become a member of. Please fill it out and send it back right away. I think I will join the dance club too so I can meet

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Some of the Charleston girls. I am going to buy an annual. It cost 5 buck which comes out of my T. M. fee.

Mother we need a radio. There are only certain times that you can play them. You can’t place them from 7-10:15 at night which is Evening study period. I will talk to you about this sometime later when you come to see me ---- or I come home.

I haven’t lost much of my “pot” yet but with all the “bracing” I think I will lose it. They really have good meals here. Today for dinner we had steak with ice cream as desert [sic]. School is the best place in Charleston. At the canteen you get better milk shakes and such and in the mess hall you get better meals.

Please write me as I like to hear from home. Its a kind of let down feeling when you don’t get any mail. I got a card from May. I wrote Sarah, May., Mary and you all cards today.

You will have a big time at the beach. Tell all my old friends down there hello for me. If you see Miss Jane Davis write me her adress [sic]

Scott gets “pulled” (gets demerits) more than anybody I ever saw. I am now wearing T shirts under my shirts to keep them from getting so wet.

Well theres tattoo.




McElveen, Wilson Ashby, Jr., “Letter from Wilson Ashby McElveen, Jr. to his mother and father, postmarked July 3, 1945,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed June 21, 2024, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1689.