July 13, 1942 William Shepard to home

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July 13, 1942

Dear Pop & Mom,

Just received your package & thanks a million. In answer to your letter. I wont be flying, or studying either for a while. I wont be flying at all. as it looks now.

Ill probably be a ground officer. Lois will be coming down here to live in 2 or 3 mo. She is working at Rikes in Dayton. We are going to stick all our money in a sock so she can come down as soon as she can. after she gets here the $62 goverment and the Bell Co. checks will keep her till Im commissioned & then Ill get around $250 a mo. Im going to try to stay here on training personnel.

They need a lot of men on that anyhow. I like it fine and am having basic military drill & other work. Ill probably teach it for a month or so starting in about 3 or 4 weeks, then go to Officers Candidate

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School in either Miama, St. Petersburg or Fort Benning.

How is everyone? tell them all hello. & tell Carl if he gets in the air corps to do a few things & he’ll get ahead

  1. Keep his mouth shut
  2. Keep his ass out of head quarters
  3. Do what they tell him

You have to do them all to.

Well Love to all and write

Bill

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