||Young Lad in Training Writes to His Grandma June 24
Lloyd Peyton, eighteen year old son of Mr. and
Mrs. Fred Peyton of Brookings, but formerly of Kennebec, who recently
started his military training, writes his grandma, Mrs. Ada Peyton, an
interesting letter and tells her all about getting started in his new
adventure. Among the highlights in his letter, he says:
I thought I'd write and tell you I haven't been shipped
overseas and I don't think I will be. I'm a buck-private in the armored
division. I was at Fort Snelling, Minn. 12 days and was then shipped
here to Fort Knox, Ky. The division includes trucks, tanks, jeeps,
peeps, armored cars, motorcycles, in fact everything mechanized. We
learn to drive them all. I'm eligible for Army Specialized Training and
take our basic training which lasts until September 18, then we go to
college for 39 weeks at Ohio University.
To get into ASTP, you have to pass an army general test with
a score of 115 - I got 138. Down here we took a clerical aptitude test
and a typing test. I do not know what my score was in the aptitude test,
but the interviewing officer said i had one of the highest scores of the
500 men taking it. I then typed 57 words per minute; more than I ever
I have a good chance to go to Officers Training School so
when I got through I would be a commissioned officer. I'm pretty young
to get it, but the officers said my qualifications were good. Ft. Knox
is really big. It will camp 125,000 men and is over 40 miles in any
direction. They have a mock battle every day and it's all very exciting.
You sure meet up with all kinds of people. I met a swell kid
at Ft. Snelling. He was from North Dakota University. We were lucky to
get shipped together. We bunk side by side, eat together, fall in line
together. In fact, he's writing a letter just across the table from me
now. I got a package from Mom today. It's sure nice to get mail from
someone you know.
It is really hot here in Kentucky. The red clay sticks to
your feet then they nearly starve you to death. The meals were a little
better today though. I've been in the army life since May 12 but it does
not seem that long.
Don't forget to write and tell me all the news. Just got a
smallpox vaccination so my arm is getting pretty sore so I will say
goodnight to you all.