Lethal A. Slaten

Typically listed as T/Sgt. Lethel A. Slaten, this gentleman was the best man (and chief clerk) at the wedding of M/Sgt Vernon Cratty at Fifth Army Headquarters on Saturday, 20 January 1945. He is listed as #7 in the list from Left to Right, Front Row of a group photo sent home in December of 1944. There his United States location is given as “Hines, Ill (originally California).” By 18 February 1945, T/Sgt Slaten was expecting “to go home on Rotation next month.” He had just lost out in a drawing with another T/Sgt for that honor, despite having “about 30 months overseas.”
He did, indeed, get scheduled for Rotation at the end of March. Here’s how Philp described it to his parents: “Going home on Rotation means that he will not come back to this theater of operations again. He is hoping to get a permanent position back in the good old U.S.A. He also has about 30 months overseas time to his credit and deserves anything he can get.” T/Sgt Lethel A. Slaten left Fifth Army Headquarters on 2 April 1945 on Rotation.
His departure was written about with these words on 6 April 1945: “He was really a swell guy and one of the best Section Chiefs I have ever seen. We all chipped in and gave him a Wallet and Key Case to remember us by. We gave it to him at breakfast the morning he left because he was scheduled to leave at 7:30 and half of us had to fall out for drill at 7:30.”