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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Letter from Annie Pozyck to her parents, 1945

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Object ID: WV0333.4.007

Description: Pozyck describes her recent birthday celebration, in which the ship's crew and fellow army nurses sung her happy birthday and gave her gifts and a birthday cake.

Creator: Annie Edith Sherrill Pozyck

Biographical Info: Annie Edith Sherrill Pozyck (1920-2007) of Concord, North Carolina, served in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II. After her discharge, she continued her nursing career, retiring from the Salisbury, North Carolina, VA Hospital after over twenty-five years in the profession.

Collection: Annie Pozyck 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: Dearest Mother & Daddy,

Well this time I have something to write about. Yesterday was a very eventful day you know- my birthday, & it was the nicest one I’ve spent since I’ve been in the army. I’ve never had “Happy Birthday” sung to me so many times. Even the enlisted men sang it to me.

First thing yesterday morning the three girls woke me at 6:30 singing “Happy Birthday.” Then at breakfast all of the girls sang it again. Later on over the loud speaker on the ship they announced that I had a birthday & wished me congratulations. At lunch there were birthday presents at my place. I got two beautiful handkerchiefs, & some bath salts. Of course none of the girls could buy anything, so they just gave me little things they could get at the P.X. But it was the thought behind it all. I also got a nice card signed by all of the girls. Some of the other things I got was a cake of soap, 2 packs of chewing gum, shoe polish, tooth powder- all things I can use. Last but not least the Red Cross worker who sits at our table gave me a silver dollar.

Then to top the day off last night after dinner, the girls said we had a meeting in the Chief nurse’s room & when I went in there was a Birthday Cake with “Happy Birthday” on it, & all the decorations. So it certainly was a very happy birthday for me.

Well I guess that is all for now- the most important thing that has happened in the past few days.

Lots of love, Annie Edith