Wallace Winkie WWII Mementos
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Souvenir silk pillow cover Wink purchased at Camp Claiborne, LA, in 1941. On February 10, 1941, Wink left Mason City, IA, with the 133rd Infantry on a train bound for Camp Claiborne. He left for the European Theater in January of 1942. He was among the first troops sent overseas. Visit the Guest Speakers page to hear Wink tell about training at the camp.
Wink (like other GIs) wrote home on the V-Mail form. After censors cleared these letters, they were photographed onto 16 mm b&w film. The reel of V-Mail film was shipped to the States, where copies were printed on 5x4 in. paper and delivered. The purpose of V-Mail was to save space on cargo ships.