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Letter from Annie Pozyck to her parents, 1945

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Object ID: WV0333.4.013

Description: Pozyck writes that she has not heard from her husband Louis. She notes dining and swimming with friends, taking photographs of Filipinos, Filipino swimming habits, and her roommate's engagement.

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 and Daddy,

To-day I received two more letters from home, and it was so good to know that everything is alright. The letters were dated Jan. 24th and 28th, so that is pretty recent. I guess there are some in between there that are missing, but I will get them eventually. This is the only mail I’ve had from you all since the 4th of Feb. I did have a letter from Aunt Bess and Furches the other day. Still I’ve had no more word from Louis, and I surely would like to know how he is.

Well, yesterday was a very nice Sunday, and it was very well spent. Almost like a Sunday back home. Of course I worked yesterday morning, and when I got off at 12:00 Vivian, one of the other nurses who works here in the dispensary and I were invited to the Officer’s Mess here in the area for dinner. Then after dinner, these three officers we were with got a jeep, and we went out to the beach swimming for a while. With what little food we could get we “rigged” up a picnic lunch, and ate right there on the beach. While there on the beach I went for a ride in a little boat, and had more fun. After swimming for several hours, we piled back in the jeep, and went to a hospital near by where there are some girls stationed that all three of us knew at Camp Stoneman. They were all stationed there when the three of us were. I took some pictures of myself and some of several of the native kids in swimming, and if they turn out good, and are passed by the censor, I’ll send them home.

We got back from our trip about 11:00, pretty tired, but we certainly had a pleasant time. They say they are going to take us out some other Sunday. Sunday afternoon is the only time all of us here in the Dispensary have off.

So Vivian has finally announced her marriage. I sure do want you all to be sure and take a trip to see her again this summer, because there is no one else she would rather have then you all I know.

Speaking of the natives swimming, none of them under about 10 or twelve years old wear bathing suits, and all of the little kids about six years old or under, run around in little short dresses and never wear any pants. I thought it was the funniest thing I ever saw when we first came to the island. When we first landed, and got on the truck to go over to the hospital, as we drove along, we noticed that none of them had on pants.

I’m still enjoying my work here at the dispensary, and everyone is so swell to me. The Captain that I’m assisting is very nice. He is from Montana & has been over here in the South Pacific for 32 months.

As you see, I’m leaving to finish this by pen. I was writing while on duty & then it came time to get off, so I had to quit. So now its about 8:30P.M. & I’ve just had my shower & washed my clothes.

This seems to be about all of the news for this time. Tell everyone I said “hello” I hope by this time you have had some mail from me. So good-night now

Lots of love to you both, Annie Edith