Message from a Soldier: Pvt. Arthur Elsasser Jr.


“Hello kids Here is a distant view of our barracks, not ours but what ours looks like. They’re all alike. Just thought I’d let you know we don’t sleep in tents here. They couldn’t be tents, they have glass windows. So long ‘Moe.'” Moe also circled a spot on his card and wrote “Pardon, I was eating candy.”

Not sure where the nickname Moe came from, since his name is Arthur R. Elsasser. He was 19 years old when he mailed this card and enlisted in the Army for less than two months. The civilian occupation listed with his draft record is “locomotive firemen.” Moe passed away in 1972, and a picture of his gravestone shows his rank and battalion.

Below is the front of the card with the barracks he was referring to at Fort Leonard Wood.


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