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Letter from Annie Pozyck to her parents, 1945

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Object ID: WV0333.4.012

Description: Pozyck is serving with the surgical division of the 13th General Dispensary, which is in a former Filipino school house, and is sharing a house with a fellow nurse. She has begun to go out at night with Major Arn, and hopes that her husband will not mind.

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

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Full Text: Dearest Mother & Daddy,

I have just come in from supper, so as I promised yesterday I’ll write another episode. Maybe you might get both letters at the same time, I don’t know.

As I told you, we have moved to a different place, & I’m now on duty at the 13th General Dispensary- temporarily. It’s a nice setup & right in “town” (such as the town is).

We are living in a large house & have a nice front room with two huge bay windows. No screens, of course, so we still have to use our mosquito netting at night.

Vivian & I have a room together. We’ve only been here two days.

I was telling you about seeing Maj. Arn. Well, I heard some of the officers at the dispensary talking about going out to a meeting near the 117th Sta. Hosp. where Maj. Arn is stationed. So you know me, I won’t be outdone, & I asked them if I could go along. Well, I bounced out there in a weapons truck with them, & was it dusty. The wind had dried up, but last night it poured all night, & most of the day to-day, so now it’s inches thick in mud again. Well, back to Col. Arn. Night before last he had come to see at the 133rd GH, & I was out on the ship that we came over on, having dinner. I’ll tell you about that later. So when I got out to the hospital, Col. Arn was so glad to see me, & I was just as glad to see him. We posted each other on all of the gossip we knew about every one, & I was there for about 2 hours & we talked a blue streak. I also saw one of the enlisted men, but Charlie Walker was out. I hope to see him soon. Col. Arn gave me the first bottle of beer I’ve had since I left the States & was it good. It was so nice & cold, & it’s very seldom we get anything cold to drink. Those are the things you miss so over here. Little things like a cool drink of water, a nice bathtub & warm water to wash in, & even a commode that flushes. Until we came to this house we had outdoor “johnnies”- a twelve-holer & it was quite a distance from our tent. So we feel like we’re in a mansion here. Of course it’s one of the main streets & the traffic is terrible. Its so noisy we have to shout at each other here in the room. All of the vehicles are Army & heavy- big trucks, tractors, bulldozers, jeeps, everything. We are right on the street too. They have no sidewalks here.

Lets see now, where was I? I get to rattling off so many things at a time, I guess this must sound awfully disconnected. Back to Maj. or rather Col. Arn. He’s coming to take me out tomorrow night. You don’t think Louis would mind do you? Hope not. There’s so little to do. No shows nearby. No club to go to, & I get tired just staying in. So Col. Arn will have a jeep, & at least we can go for a ride. Don’t think I’m stepping out on my darling, because I love him too much & none of these men mean anything to me except that I just enjoy talking to old friends.

While I was telling you about the traffic they drive on the left side of the road, just like the Aussies. There’s always a continual stream of cars.

I’m enclosing some Jap invasion money. I don’t know if you got the other money I sent or not, because I learned that we couldn’t send Filipino money home for souvenirs after I mailed it. Maybe the censor took it out.

They have no street lights here, so everywhere you go you carry a flashlight. At night though nurses can’t go out, unless they are with someone who is armed. So we are well protected.

Now to tell you about where I’m working. It is a school house taken over by the U.S. Army, & we have 3 dispensaries- Medical & Surgical, & Eye Ear Nose & Throat. Also in the same building we have a Pharmacy & Laboratory. It’s a nice building. I’m working in the Surgical section, & everyone is so nice & friendly. So I’m very well satisfied here- as well as I could be under the circumstances. We work from 8-4:45, & have 1 hr. & 15 min for lunch. We live quite a ways from the Dispensary, so we have a driver just for the nurses. He picks us up in the morning & takes us to breakfast at 7:30. he waits for us to eat & then takes us to work. At 11:45 he picks us up, takes us to lunch & brings us back to our quarters. At 12:45 he comes back for us & takes us back to work. Then when we get off at 4:45 he brings us home, & picks us up at 5:45 & takes us to dinner & brings us home. So we really have a nice deal don’t you think. Of course all this riding is done in a truck. This afternoon one of the other nurses & I went over to our headquarters to see about mail. I had a V-Mail from Furchess & that’s all since the 15 letters I got last Sunday. Hope our mail comes through soon.

Well, I guess you’re about tired of reading & I’ve about got writers cramp, so even though I have a lot more to say, I’ll say good-night for now. Hope you are both well.

Lots of love, Annie Edith

P.S. Still forgot to tell you about the trip to the ship. Will tell you later.