On July 23, 1941, Private Thomas Skweres was greeted at mail call by a twenty-five-foot-long "round-robin" letter from home. The 24 year old was pictured entangled in the letter that was full of gossip and greetings. At Fort Lewis, Private Skweres was attached to the Headquarters Co. of the 194th Tank Battalion. Back in St. Paul, he operated a big cafe and tavern. The letter was composed by cooks, friends, customers, relatives and employees and was signed by dozens and dozens of people.