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Letter from Annie Pozyck to her parents, 1945

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Object ID: WV0333.4.016

Description: Pozyck has just received news that her husband Louis is missing in action. She describes her emotions and the support that fellow nurses, a chaplain, and the Red Cross Field Director are providing.

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,

It’s rather difficult for me to write to-night, & I hardly know what to say. Yesterday I received your letter written Feb. 1st with the news about Louis. I had had no other word from the War Department as yet. I don’t know why.

I was so “stunned” when I read it, that I couldn’t believe you had actually written it. I just couldn’t believe that anything could or would happen to my darling. I’m still trying to tell myself that everything will be alright & I’m praying to God that it will. Without Louis the rest of my life would be so empty, because half of me would be gone.

If only I could home with you all to-night. Nothing like this has ever happened to me before, & it’s so hard to be so far away from the ones who are nearest & dearest to me at a time like this. All of the kids have been so good to me, & said they would say a prayer for Louis. Even though Mary is the only one in the crowd who knows him, they all say they feel like they do.

I’m trying to be brave about it all, but its hard, & yet I know I mustn’t give up hope, & I haven’t. I think I’ll write to him to-night, & maybe he’ll get it some day.

This morning the Chaplain in our unit came & talked to me, & said if there was anything he could do to let him know. But that’s just it, the isn’t anything anyone can do. All there is to do is wait & hope & pray. So that is what I’m doing.

This evening though I went out to another area to see one of the Red Cross Field Directors who came over on the ship with us. He is going to see what he can find out through the R.C. Hope to hear soon. He said it may be a couple of weeks though.

To-day we opened our own hospital & when we get all set up it’s going to be very nice.

Well, I guess there’s nothing more to say tonight. Hope I’ll have some good news very soon.

Lots of love, Annie Edith