This is a letter from Al Huntley, another friend from Trumbull. The letter was written in pencil and is so faded, the writing barely shows up on a copy. I will scan it so that you can see the United States Army Air Forces logo at the top of the stationary. The return address on the envelope is Sheppard Field in Texas. It was postmarked in Wichita Falls, Texas.
I wonder if this is the Al Huntley who became a History teacher and was at Trumbull High School when I went there?
July 29, 1944
Well you said the air corps gets the best (not bragging) so here I am. Army Air Force, that’s for me.
I guess he who waits is rewarded, it looks that way, doesn’t it. I know why I am here though. Remember General Classification. I got 126 for an I.Q. on that and on Mechanical Aptitude I got 138 out of a possible 150, not bad.
Texas is a hell of a hot place and it’s got piss for water.
Guess what other luck I have, Dave, only 35 days of Basic, some breaks, huh.
I really am in good spirits so if you write you may make me so happy I blow up. (Mail does make us happy though, doesn’t it?)
Tomorrow another letter from Dave’s World War II Army Adventure.