Contains a selection of brief handwritten notes from numerous United States Army soldiers undergoing basic training at Camp Roberts, California. They are all written to a fellow soldier at Camp Roberts. Many name the recipient as "Bob." Written during October of 1943, the letters are informal and consist of reminiscences and well-wishes, as the soldiers were about to graduate and go their separate ways.
Letter from Camp Lee, Virginia discussing basic training in the Army in preparation for war. Thomas, who signs his letter, Roy, laments that he is being held back in the United States as surplus troops in support of others heading over seas. Gibbons writes January 20, 1943 on his letter, but the envelope is postmarked 1944. The later year is most likely the accurate dating of this correspondence.