470 Base Hq. & AB Sq.
Pendleton AAF, Ore
December 9, 1943
This is a letter of consolation to you. The war department regrets to inform you that your son
1st Lt. William A. Shepard Jr. 0570214
Was injured in the service of his country observers state that in a frenzy of patriotism, when the General yelled “shit on the jap”, he nobly pulled down his jeans and spread fourth and filth upon the yellow race untill he wore out his muzzle bore.
Seriously mother, dont worry a minute about my operation. Was one of those things. I had my choice of having it done now when there is less danger or later some 10 or 15 years. I choose now. I like to clean it up. The doctor is OK and
I’ll probably be out before Xmas and so don’t worry.
Dont let Lois worry either. After all we have a lot of these operations any more. I didnt know it till I came in. They are nearly all successful, even the bad cases. And it pays to have it taken care of.
Ill close now. Write please
P.S. I dont have a damn thing to do but read letters so that’s the extra reason for writing.
P.P.S. I think they changed my caliber I’m not sure.