Ephemera - Camp Wolters

Ephemera - definition: Ephemera are defined as objects, often printed, that are not intended to last but are sometimes kept by collectors. I have expanded this definition to include objects of interest that do not fit elsewhere on this web-site.

Class "A" Pass  
Greyhound Brochure  
Yank Magazine  


During the first ten days in Camp trainees had to remain on the Post. After that time, unless on duty, they could go to Mineral Wells or Weatherford after Retreat. They were usually free all day Sunday.

Passes for overnight trips or trips to Fort Worth and Dallas could be obtained upon proper application through their first sergeant but only a limited number of men could go on pass at one time.

In exceptional cases three-day passes could be granted to trainees by their Battalion Commander,  but only in cases of actual emergency would furloughs be granted during their stay at Camp Wolters.

Permanent cadre had a more liberal pass policy and the Class "A" pass shown was issued to Sgt. H.S. Sims by his Company Commander and was could be used whenever he was off duty for up to a distance of 50 miles from Camp Wolters.

The pass policy changed from time to time during the war years. This pass was issued on June 13, 1941.



Like many other businesses, Greyhound proudly promoted what they were doing to promote the War Effort. This colorful brochure was given to service-men touting how their 65,000 mile of routes helped conserve rubber, fuel and other vital materials. On the back page was a route map that enabled service-men to quickly plan furloughs home or moves between duty stations.





The inside page showed the rank insignia for Commissioned and Non-Commissioned Officers, as well as Branch of Service insignia Division or Organization Insignia. Similar information followed for the Marine and Navy branches of service.


Yank, the Army Weekly was a weekly magazine published by the United States military during World War II. On the cover was its slogan "By the men ... for the men in service." The magazine was written by enlisted rank soldiers only and was published at facilities around the world for a total of 21 editions in 17 countries. The first issue was published with a cover date of June 17, 1942. Yank was a very popular and widely read magazine which eventually achieved a circulation of over 2.6 million. The core of each issue was written in New York City and then forwarded across the world where the local staff editors fleshed it out with local stories.

The example below was the Continental Edition which had an issue date of March 18, 1945, which only three weeks before Victory in Europe Day, generally known as V-E Day. It had a cover price of three francs and was 24 pages of news, general interest articles, cartoons, and course the popular Pin-up girl photograph. There was a "Mail Call" department section each issue, which corresponded to a "Letters to the Editor" in a civilian magazine, as well as a "What's Your Problem" department where writers could write in with questions which were answered with the "correct" Army regulation or policy given.

Yank was a well written magazine that provided a fair source of local and global news. Each issue was priced from five to ten cents charged in the local currency. The final issue was published in December 1845.