Letter from Philip F. Van Pelt to his family, October 14, 1945

Title

Letter from Philip F. Van Pelt to his family, October 14, 1945

Description

Van Pelt gives his family a detailed overview of a cadet's weekly schedule.

Publisher

The Citadel Archives & Museum

Date

Rights

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Relation

Van Pelt, Philip F. Cadet Letters, 1945-1949

Format

application/pdf

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1961

Text

[Page 1]

14 October 1945

Dear mother and Dad,

As you’ve probably noticed, I haven’t been able to grab off any time to write in the past few days, so this is the first letter in that time. Hope Dad had a pleasing time at CMS, if it wasn’t too cold. Hope Mom had a nice visit at the Cody’s.

Dad wanted a schedule of a typical day at the citadel so here goes:

Monday through Thursday:
0645 - First Call
0650 - Reveille
0655 - Mess Call
0700 - Breakfast
0735-0750 - Room Cleanup
0750 - Class Call
0800 - 1st class
0900 - 2nd “
1000 - 3rd “
1100 - 4th class
1200 - Drill which is 5th class for everyone
1 - 1300 - Mess call for dinner
2 - 1400 - 6th class
3 - 1500 - 7 “ “
4-6 1600-1800 - Free (?) time for visits to canteen, barber shop, P.O., recreation halls, or just loafing time.
6 1800 - Mess call
6:10 1810 - Supper
7:00 1900 - Call to Quarters for Evening Study Period
10:15 2215 - Tattoo
10:25 2225 - Taps

Friday same as above except that drill takes place at 1600 (4pm) and leave starts at 1700 (5pm).

[Page 2]

Saturday:
0645 - First Call
0650 - Reveille
0655 - Mess Call
0700 - Breakfast
0740-0830 - Cleanup
0830 - Personal Inspection
0845 - 10:30 - Room inspection
10:30-12:30 - Physical Drill
1250 - Leave Starts
10:50 2250 - Leave Ends
11pm 2300 Taps

Sunday
0715 - First Call
0720 - Reveille
0725 - Mess Call
0730 - Breakfast
0805 - 0830 - Room Cleanup
0845 - Chapel
Leave from after chapel till 1800.
6 1800 - Retreat
6:05 1805 - Mess Call
6:10 1810 - Supper
7-10:15 1900-2215 - Study Period
10:15 2215 - Tattoo
10:30 2230 - Taps

Hope that satisfies you.

Got an A+ on my first theme, teacher said it was the first freshman theme handed to him. No kiddin’!

My hand is shaking and I just can’t seem to write, so I’ll sign off here.

Love
Phil.

P.S. Sunday, 21st October is Jane’s birthday. Send her a dozen roses for me from [illegible word] or [illegible word]. I’m enclosing in a separate envelope something to go with them.

Citation

Van Pelt, Philip F., “Letter from Philip F. Van Pelt to his family, October 14, 1945,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed January 31, 2023, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1961.

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