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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: WV0333.4.009

Description: Pozyck has just received lots of letters. She is working in an orthopedic ward with army nurses and native Filipinos. She notes the poverty of the native people, the frequent rain, and her gear being constantly damp.

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, today was the day. I received 15 letters, two birthday cards & 1 Christmas card. I got five letters & the birthday card with the letter in it. The letters were written Dec. 29 & 31, & Jan 3, 4, & 17th. So there are some missing in there. But it was so good to hear from home & know that all is well. I also got letters from Furchess, Elizabether Rook K., a note from Miss Clara on the church bulletin, a Birthday card from Mrs. Brumley & Eugenia, & a Christmas card from Sadie & Maulus [?] Harris. Could you tell all of them that I received them & appreciate them so much. I also had 2 letters from my darling husband. They were written Dec. 16th & 17th. He was alright. Maybe you all have had some later word from him. But it was wonderful to get some word from him. He still hadn’t gotten any mail from the states at that time.

I hardly know where to start, I have so much to say. I’ve just finished my bath in my helmet, & this afternoon I did a “week’s washing”, even if it was Sunday. I had the afternoon off. Sunday is like any other day. About the middle of the afternoon they brought our mail, so you can be sure I stopped washing & took time out to read all of my mail. Every “drop” of it. Of course nothing ever gets dry around here. It rains all the time, & in the morning when we get up all our clothes that we put on are damp from the night air.

We went on duty yesterday morning. I’m working on our Orthopedic ward. All of the wards are tents set up, & we are fortunate enough to have a floor. Some of them are built right on the ground.

We have some natives working in the hospital. As yet I haven’t caught on to much of the Filipino language, but they all speak a little English, or understand it some. I’m enclosing some Filipino money. The 2 Pesos is equal to a dollar, the ten Centavos is equal to 5 cents & the 5 centavos, 2 ½ cents. I’ll try to send you some more later on. We are able to get Filipino women to do our wash for a small change. They work for practically nothing.

We have fixed up our tent quite a bit. We have wooden boxes for bedside tables. I’m sting here under my mosquito net writing this. We have no screen, just a tent roof & a floor. So if we don’t put our mosquito nets down early, they eat us up. We can put the sides down if it rains, which it does most of the time.

I’m glad you liked your Christmas presents- after you finally got into them. There’s no one I would rather buy presents for than the grandest Mother & Daddy in the world. You’re both so appreciative & you both certainly deserve it.

I meant to tell you that yesterday I received birthday cards from Mamma & all, & Aunt Esther & Uncle Clifford. Tell them I appreciated them. That was the very first mail since arriving here. We are sure lucky to get our mail so quickly.

You should see these Filipinos. Very seldom do you see one with shoes on. In fact, the only ones I’ve see[n] are those who work in the hospital. They are made to wear them, & even so they are just these wooden clogs with a single strap across to hold them on. Some of the girls are really beautiful, but the older men & women are so thin & underfed. And some of the ragged clothes they wear are really pathetic. They just can’t get clothes, & they will do almost any amount of work for a piece of clothing. In fact they would rather have clothes than money.

Well, I think I will have to bring this episode to a close, even though I have so much more to say. It’s 8:45 now & I want to write my darling a nice long letter. So good right now. Take care of yourselves.

Lots of love, Annie Edith