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Letter from Annie Pozyck to her parents, 1945

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Object ID: WV0333.4.029

Description: Pozyck discusses the weather, getting more time off, her bed, only sending food that is canned, and getting more returned letters to her husband Louis.

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,

I haven’t heard from you all in a couple of days, but as you say we cant expect mail every day. The last letter I had written was March 26th. It came pretty quick….just eight days.

We have been having some pretty hot weather over here lately. In fact in the afternoon just after lunch, it gets so terrifically hot in the tent that we can hardly stand it. And it stays just about that hot all afternoon. The sun just beams down on the tent and it seems to hit you right in the face.

Yesterday I got three more of my letters back that I had written to Louis. Two of them I had written at Ft. Ord, and another written at APO 17921 on Dec. 19th. I don’t think he got any of my letters, because the last one I wrote was just after he had gotten his promotion. It seems like we should be having some word about him soon, and I truly hope we do. I just know he is alright. He just has to be.

I’m having my half day today, so I’m using Jay’s typewriter to catch up on some of my correspondence. I want to write to Florence this afternoon too.

Things are pretty much the same around the hospital. I’m still working on the same medical wards that I have been for a while. Some of these Philippinos are about to get me down though. I think starting next week we are going to get a whole day off every two weeks. That will be wonderful, to get to sleep in some morning.

I’ll be looking for the box, but Mother I don’t think it is such a good idea to send too much food that isn’t canned. You see we have no way of keeping anything and the ants are pretty bad, as well as the fact that things spoil easily. The mints that you sent in December that were in the tin cans were alright, but the nuts were pretty stale. I ate a few. Over here it is so easy to get a case of dysentery if you are not very careful what you eat. Even sometimes when you are careful you still get it. Several of the girls have had a touch of it already.

This is the dry season over here, but even so seldom a day goes by that it doesn’t rain. They say it gets much hotter than it is now, but I don’t see how it can be. This sun is really terrific. At night however it does get cool. That is one consolation.

You were asking about our beds, if they were good beds. Well, the only beds we have are cots, no mattresses. We just have blankets and sheets. For a while we didn’t even have sheets.

Well, I guess this is all for now. Will write again in a couple of days. Hope everything is alright at home, and I’m praying more and more every day that we will have some good news about Louis very soon.

Lots of love, Annie Edith