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Letter from Annie Pozyck to her parents, 1945

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Object ID: WV0333.4.027

Description: Pozyck describes her Filipino patient ward, including a former Japanese prisoner who tells of "the atrocities of the Japs", and mentions updates on several friends.

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,

Well I’m “bumming” a little stationary off the Red Cross to do my corresponding on to-day.

Things have been pretty quiet the past few days around here. Everything is going along smoothly, but of course the hospital is still pretty well filled.

I have charge of 2 Surgical wards, one of which is all Filipinos. Some of them don’t speak or understand any English at all, & we sure have a gay time around here.

The ward man on this ward is also a Filipino & he was held a prisoner of the Japs for 17 months, & he just escaped 2 months ago. It’s awful to hear him tell of some of the atrocities of the Japs. The way they were treated in those prison camps- the Americans too.

I received a letter from Aunt Esther yesterday, & also the Easter card from Mamma & all of them. Maybe next Easter, Louis & I will be able to spend it with you all in the good old U.S.A. I hope, I hope, I HOPE!!!

Do you remember Fay Cohen that I used to write you about back at Stoneman, well, I heard that she is over here, & only about 15 miles from where we are. Of course 15 miles over here is like 40 back home. It takes just as long to get there. Hope to see her though.

I was sure surprised to hear about Helen Barnhardt. I thought she was “long gone”.

Aunt Esther was telling me in her letter about Louise & father committing suicide. She also told me about Mr. Fred Sheppard.

Well, I guess this is all for now. I’ll be writing again in a couple of days. I’m still patiently & anxiously awaiting word from Louis, & I hope we hear some good news soon.

Lots of love, Annie Edith