I got drafted on July 14, 1945. I weighed 160 pounds and was 18 years old. I left the Strand Theatre on 104 2nd Street in St. Charles Missouri on an Army bus to Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis. I was laid over there and got my shots and a crew cut haircut. Then left Jefferson Barracks and went to St. Louis and got on a Streamlined Eagle train to Fort Leavenworth Kansas, an old German prison camp. Laid over there for two weeks. I got on a troop train at Union Station in St. Louis on Track 2 to go to Camp Roberts California it was there that I received six weeks of basic training.

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