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Wm. R. Seilhamer Sea. 2c. U.S.N.R.
403 Mangum Hall
U.S. Navy Pre-Flight School
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

July 27, 1942
Sunday, 11:30 A.M.


I want to express my sincere thanks for the 2 flat fifties of cigarettes I received yesterday. The gift came as a complete surprise and to say that such a gift is welcome is to express it inadequately.

You are doing a wonderful job and I know of no other college that is doing anything of a similar nature for either undergraduates or graduates.

As far as life goes down here we are the most confined outfit anywhere in the service. We had Saturday and Sunday afternoons off but cannot go outside of an eight block square.

They keep us on the go from 5:45 A.M. to 9:25 P.M. and out of the entire day have 25 minutes to ourselves.

Would advise anyone contemplating the Navy Air Service to try and get down here after Sept. as the heat runs about 110° and you really bake and sweat as you labor now.

As ever, and thanks again,
Bill Seilhamer
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