August 15, 1943.
Hello Jitterbug Ranny
I bet you’re surprised hearing from me.
I’m in the Engineering Replacement Training Center at Fort Leonard Wood in the heart of the Ozark Mts. I am about 140 miles from St. Louis. Here are 20000 [unreadable] and training facilities for upward of 40,000 men.
I hope to be selected on the basis of aptitude [unreadable] and civilian experience. Jere are many types of [unreadable] like draftsmen Electricians, tractor and auto mechanic and machine shop.
Ranny I bet you’d like to be back in Youngstown jitterbugging again. I know damn well I like to. Here is Woac camp about a block from ours. I having a good time with them.
Well Ranny I closing with a happy ending
My address is Pvt. John Palfuardid 353233729
CO-B 31st BIV E.RTS
Fort Leonard Wood