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Admin/Biog History John E. Elbert was the pastor at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church located at the south east corner of Bowen and School. His wife's name was Ella J. Elbert.
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Collection John E. Elbert
Dates of Accumulation 1943
Abstract Letter from Corporal Harold J. Riedi, US Army Air Force, to Reverend John E. Elbert.

June 9, 1943 Sheppard Field, Texas
Dear Rev. Elbert,
I was very glad to get your letter. Especially since I hadn't received any mail for around three days. I've been terribly busy for the past week. There has been a general shakeup on the field, and almost all of the squadrons had to move. Our's has not moved yet so I will be kept busy for a few days. Another reason we've been "on the beam" is because a two-star general is visiting the tech. schools. Naturally he came to our branch first, but we passed inspection okay. Still, he may come back again so until he leaves the field we'll have to sort of stay "on the beam". (An army expression)
I've been wondering how the weather is up there because it's been terribly hot down here lately. Just yesterday it was 101 degrees, and it usually is above 100 degrees for a couple of weeks or more. I'll be only too glad to come home, and believe me I won't kick about the heat anymore because a hot day up home would be a relief down here.
Another thing is dust. I used to think that it got dusty, but that little dust was from the streets. Down here though we have genuine dust storms every week. You see, this is a new field, and they haven't any grass planted yet. Not only that, but the soil is unusually sandy, so much so that it never stays long in one place. A Texan told me that it gets so dusty here that in a dust storm a prairie-dog will dig right up in the air cause he can't see where he's going. Then when the storm dies down there would be a hole in the air standing all alone. (Believe him?)
I almost forgot to tell you why my wife didn't call yet about getting the baby baptized. She expected me to come home soon on furlough, and she was going to wait so that I could be there, but she'll probably call you soon because I told her that I won't be there for some time.
By the way, I've been promoted to corporal so don't forget to put that on the letter. Hope I don't have to wait too long for Sargent's stripes. I'll be moving soon so I'll send my new address as quickly as I can. Hope I see you soon. (In Church too)
Respectfully yours,
Harold Riedi
Event World War II
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG72.12.2
Object Name Letter
People Elbert, John E.
Riedi, Harold J.
Subjects World War II
Military camps
Military training
United States Army Air Force
Title Letter
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