|Mr. & Mrs. Raymond E. Drake
890 DelRay S. E.
Grand Rapids. Michigan
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Drake:
It is with a great deal of pleasure that I inform you that your son has been enlisted in this country's most respected military organization, the United States Marine Corps.
I know that you may be filled with many new anxieties in regards to your son as he embarks on this new adventure. I trust that this letter may ease some of those anxieties.
Today your son commenced travel to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California, where he will undergo 8 weeks of vigorous training. This training is designed to make him a better man, both physically and mentally, and to instill and develop self confidence, determination and initiative that will serve him well not only while he is a Marine but in any subsequent field of endeavor.
Upon successful completion of recruit training, he will be transferred to the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California for Advanced Infantry Training where he will apply those qualities stressed and developed during recruit training. During his training, counseling will be afforded in such areas as insurance, savings, educational programs and he will be encouraged to actively participate in Sunday services and religious instruction of his choice.
After these two training periods, your son will be granted a recruit leave for the purpose of returning home. At that time, I'm sure you will agree that the U. S. Marine Corps builds men. It's the training that makes the difference.
Again I wish to congratulate you as parents of a United States Marine. You have every reason to be proud of your son for his service to our country. You are now very much a part of our Corps and please do not hesitate to call upon me for any service or information you may desire.