Letter from Wilson Ashby McElveen, Jr. to his parents, postmarked July 19, 1945


Letter from Wilson Ashby McElveen, Jr. to his parents, postmarked July 19, 1945


Letter from McElveen, Jr. at The Citadel to his parents in Sumter, S.C.


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Charleston (S. C.)


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

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Postmarked July 19, 1945

Wed. Night, July 18

Dear Mom + Pop,

I certainly did enjoy seeing you all Sunday. It was a grand day for me except that I got home-sick as you all left.

Williams + Humphries (two boys that live down the hall) went [illegible deletion] on leave last Monday to their homes in Columbia. They brought back real good cookies, crackers + cakes. We all had a big time eating.

Ray has about 11 demerits now and I have about 8. There are not many more days in this month so I hope I won’t have to walk tours. Scott hasn’t gotten any demerits since the first week. I think Jimmy has about 8 also.

Tomorrow morning at drill period we go on pre-[illegible] road march through Hampton Park. I am hoping that we won’t walk to fast or too far. The only good thing about the whole idea is that we don’t take rifles.

I got a letter from sis today. Has she got a car? She said something about coming to see me when she got he [sic] B book.

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I have gotten my white uniform cap but the A.M. doesn’t have any brass for them. Mom be sure and be on the look-out for brass.

Today has been cool because we had a rain early this morning. I wish it could rain early every morning so it wouldn’t be so blasted hot. It has rained every day for the pass [sic] two weeks and the weather man predicts more rain.

ell all my friends hello for me and all the neighbors ----- especially the Turners, Bus + Paris. Pop please get us that radio pretty soon as that is about the only pleasure you are allor alor allowed here.


P.S. I will try to see Sam Bowman this week-end.

Met a pretty girl at the dancing club Tuesday but didn’t make much headway. Write me soon.


McElveen, Wilson Ashby, Jr., “Letter from Wilson Ashby McElveen, Jr. to his parents, postmarked July 19, 1945,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed June 21, 2024, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1691.