World War II

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Thursday, August 6, 1942

Dear Chairman of The Bryant Service Club,

Mrs. Richard W. Monroe (Florence Lester of the Bryant class of ’36) wrote me recently that she had sent you my name and address to add to your register of Bryant men in the Service. She sent me, too, a copy of the Alumni Bulletin for June, which I found of real interest, especially the news of the formation of the Bryant Service Club.

Yesterday I received directly from the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company a package containing a very generous quantity of Camel Cigarettes. The card enclosed informed me they were a gift from The Bryant Service Club.

I’d like you to know how sincerely I appreciate the gift and the thought that prompted the sending of it. It is a grand feeling, when one is far away from home, to know he is remembered.

I would have expressed my appreciation for your gift earlier, except for the fact that it was necessary to forward it from Keesler Field, Mississippi, to me here. My correct present address is:

Private Robert E. Williams
3rd technical School Squadron
Barracks 686
Lowry Field
Denver, Colorado

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Two of the Alumni news items were of special interest to me, one about Edward B. Williams, Jr., my cousin; and the other about Lionel J. Cormier, ’36, whom I knew at Bryant and at Sun Oil Company. I wonder if you have Lionel’s present address and if you would be good enough to send it to me. I’m enclosing a postal for this purpose, if you should have his correct mailing address. Thank you.

Here at Lowry Field is the nation’s largest school, under the Air Forces Technical Training Command, for the training of Aircraft Armorers – the group whose duty it is to equip fighting planes with their combat equipment, such as machine guns, cannon, bomb racks, and to maintain their equipment at peak efficiency at all times. We attend classes from 2 to 10:00 P.M., six days a week, covering 10 phases of instruction over a period of 12 weeks. This makes up the basic course. Several different opportunities are offered the graduate of the Armament School, Advanced Armament School, Instructorship, foreign service, Bomb Sight Maintenance School, etc.

This is grand country out here- over a mile above sea level- with the atmosphere clear, rarified and invigorating. We enjoy a superb view of the Rockies from the Field. Today they are a somber, dark purple, with the higher peaks snow-capped and sparkling in the sunlight.

Now there is some studying to be done. May I thank the Bryant Service Club whole heartedly for remembering me, again. Every good wish for the success for the club.


Robert E. Williams ‘36 [Transcription ends]