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Letter from Reinhold C. Oestreich, US Navy, to Reverend John E. Elbert. Naval Training Station Great Lakes, Illinois 10-22-43 Dear Rev., Just a few lines to let you know I arrived at Great Lakes Naval Training Station. As for me I think the Navy is tops. Everyone goes to church on Sunday morning. Those who don't belong to any church will have to go if they want to or not. It's an order in the Navy. I think it's the best order the Navy has. This morning we went swimming. Also received three shots. This afternoon we had pad day. Known to us as "flying five". Without a doubt it's a flying five. You sign a pay slip the night before. When you go to the pay table, put our forefinger on a ink pad, put our finger print on our pad slip, take our five dollar bill and keep right on walking. We only receive five dollars every two weeks while we are in boot camp. Boot camp lasted eight weeks. After chow tonight I wash my clothes. It's 8:50 P.M. now. I just finish writing a letter to my folks. I'll close this letter for now and catch a little sleep. I stand guard from 12 A.M. till four A.M. tonight. Yours Truly, Reine Oestreich
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