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Letter from Catherine Katopes to brother Charlie, 1942

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Object ID: WV0122.4.015

Description: Discusses her difficulty being accepted into the WAAC [Women Army Auxiliary Corps], finally being allowed to take the army medical exam, her desire to join despite her sister Dena's expected unenthusiastic response, and her recent social activities.

Creator: Catherine Katopes

Biographical Info:

Catherine G. Katopes (1912-1979) served in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps and the Women's Army Corps from 1942 to late 1945.

Collection: Catherine G. Katopes Papers

Rights: It is responsibility of the user to follow the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). Materials are not to be reproduced in published works without written consent, and any use should credit Jackson Library, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Full Text: Dear Charlie:

It just occurred to me that I could write to you both down there in the South at the same time by using a carbon sheet. Smart?

So this is the first time I am trying it. It will save time and repeating myself.

I came down to work early this morning as I am going out at about nine-thirty. You probably will remember my telling you about the WAAC’s? Well, I have been trying to get in that wacky organization without any success so far.

Yesterday I went down to the U.S. Army Recruiting office and saw Captain Keyes and Lt. Wilson. It seems they have an allotment of ten or twelve to enlist and they are not making it public but just picking and choosing from the names they have in file. They wanted to know if I had heard anything and of course it hadn’t. I went in to settle it one way or another. Either they would accept my application or let me know that they wouldn’t, so that I wouldn’t have it on my mind.

So they told me to come in in the morning to get my fare on the bus to Ft. Niagara, which is up in Oswego, for a medical. So far I haven’t mentioned this to a soul, except mine. If I pass the medical then I shall tell Dena. No use upsetting her unnecessarily. I don’t imagine she will be crazy about the idea but I like it and want to try it. It probably might be a disappointment in what I think it should be but one must take that chance. Imagine if once I got in the Army and they put me to washing dishes? I would probably have apoplexy (I guess that’s the way to spell it.

Anyway if they accept me, I will at least see alittle more of the good old U.S.A. Besides I always said if they had an Army for girls, I most certainly would get in it and I must keep my word.

Can't write much more cause it is nearing nine o’clock and the others will be in to the office.

Last night Mary Pappas from New York and I went to the Strand and saw The Wookey by the Strand Players. It was very very good.

As for Friendly Enemies it is coming next week to Loew’s for a second feature and I shall of course make a point of seeing it.

Johnny complains about not getting any mail from you. How about writing him a few lines, even if half a sheet full at least once a week?

Love from us all, Cathy