Fort Leonard Wood

I was supposed to do a post yesterday but when I got home I was worn out!

Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri was built just before World War II in 1940/41. It is named after General Leonard Wood, a Harvard graduate that was a surgeon during the Apache Indian Wars in the 1880s and a commander of the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War. We all think of Theodore Roosevelt when we hear of the Rough Riders, but Theodore Roosevelt took over after Wood was promoted.

The card above shows the Post Headquarters and was mailed in 1942 by a private in the mess hall. The other two cards shown below were also mailed by him in 1943 and 1944. By the time he mailed the card in 1944, he was a corporal. I can’t read his name or the messages well because he had sloppy handwriting!

“Going “Over the Top” on obstacle course.” Mailed 1943.

War Department Theater, mailed 1944.

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