Boot Camp Recording
Finnie was in boot camp at
Camp Fannin in
Texas, Pepsi Cola sponsored a booth where soldiers could come and record
a message. The message was recorded on a small 78 rpm record and was
mailed back home using a 1½ cent stamp. The addresses on the mailer are
From Pvt. S. Rey 37356713
To Mrs. Belle Rey
Co D 68 Bn - 14 Regt
3140 Umatilla St.
Camp Fannin, Texas
U. S. Army
here* to listen to the message that Finnie recorded.
The text of his message as best as I can understand it is:
Mom? I know I owe you a letter, but I thought I'd answer it this way.
Surprised? Since I can't get home for some time, I thought you'd like
it. Probably now our training cycle is over. Rained last night.
Little bit cooler, too. Wish I was up there to see it snow, though. Also
to go hunting. I'd really like that. I'm all packed and ready to leave
for school anytime now. Hope it's up north but I'm afraid I'll be down
south for some time. Hi Sherry Lee. It's Fin.(me?) You're sure
pretty in your picture, honey. I'll send you a present soon. Wish I had
my harmonica here and I'd play "Jingle Bells" for you. Sis, how do like
school in Denver? Glad you liked the scarf I sent you. Write to me. I'll
send some pictures pretty soon, Mom. I haven't had any taken yet. Sonny
and Becky and Grandma, hope you are as well as I am. Well, I have to
sign off now. Bye. Love and kisses.
* When you click on the word "here", a new window will open to
play the sound file.