World War II;C. Leonard Crawley
ARMY AIR FORCES ADVANCED FLYING SCHOOL (SE)
EAGLE PASS ARMY AIR FIELD
EAGLE PASS, TEXAS
September 3, 1943
Dear Service Club,
You ask about addresses and such. Mine hasn’t changed though my title has. I am classified as a Control Tower Operator down here and also it has been rumored that I am a Radio Mechanic. The latter is a case of slander against all good radio men everywhere so we will have to discount it. Indeed Randolph Field had my civilian occupation as a Mech and as all of my mechanical knowledge was confined to typewriters, bookkeeping machines and driving automobiles I think there must have been some mistake. But in keeping with established Army Policy I was found to be wasting my time doing clerical work and made into a pseudo radio man and promotions have come much faster than if I had been placed into something I knew about. But I’m not mad about it at all. I stay down here on the friendly Mexican border and make forays across the Rio Grande now and then for a decent meal. They grow beef over there. Indeed they grow BEEG, FEROSHUS? BULLS [sic] and once a month they have a public butchering which they call a bull fight. I swear that I had a T-Bone from one of those tough babies the last time I visited Piedras Negras. For the ones who are not familiar with Spanish that means black rocks. I want you to know that I have picked up some good words too since coming to this country where the sun shines daily and dust gets in your eyes, barracks, blankets and clothes.
My brother Wes is now in Sicily. His address is:
Lt. Wesley C. Crawley
Co. A., Prov. Sig. A. W. Bn. Mobile
c/o 3rd Air Defense Wing
New York, N. Y.
Why anyone should need all that address, I don’t know. He was promoted to first lieutenant recently.
I think that is about all you want from me,
Len Crawley [Transcription ends]