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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Letter from Annie Pozyck to her parents, 1945

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Object ID: WV0333.4.031

Description: Pozyck has just learned of Roosevelt's death and asks for advice about dating Jay. She also notes the typical mail delay, the difficulty of getting stamps and stationary, sending home money and bonds.

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

Rights: It is responsibility of the user to follow the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). Materials are not to be reproduced in published works without written consent, and any use should credit Jackson Library, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Full Text: Dearest Mother and Daddy,

Yesterday I received the letter from you all written Sunday March 25th, and as usual it was most welcomed. I hope my letters are coming through O.K. now. It seems that they come in bunches, doesn’t it?

You were asking me about sending the papers. Well, it takes from six to eight weeks to get them, so I think that your best bet would be just to send the clippings that you think are of interest to me, and send them in the letters. Then I get them in two weeks, and sometimes sooner.

By the way Mother, the next time you send me stationary, I wish you would buy some stamps and put them on the envelopes because they are very hard to get where we are. The stamps would be appreciated as much as the stationary, because they are things that I really need.

I cant understand why you aren’t getting my bonds, because I have kept them going right along, but I will check on them. Let me know if you don’t receive any more of them.

One of these days I’m going to send some money home, as soon as I can find out how I can. I think I can send it by money order, but I’m not sure. I have about $100.00 to send though, when I do get a chance to send it. There is no sure place to spend money over here. You either trade clothing, or do without things over here. By the time I get ready to go back, I think I will be able to get all of my things in one suitcase, according to what I’ve traded already. I have some souvenirs to send home to you all as soon as I can get them boxed up. It’s even hard to find a box to put anything in.

Well, how are the hens laying these days? I guess it will soon be time that you will be having some young friers to eat. Gee, but I wish that I could be there with you to enjoy them.

Well, even though this is Friday the 13th, it is my LUCKY day. I’m having my first day off since coming to the island, and it[‘s] really heavenly. I’ve been spending it at Jay’s. Of course, he has been working all day, but I just come out to his house, and make my self at home. He had some canned food that some of his friends had sent him, so for dinner we opened a can of turkey and dressing, a can of corn, and a can of peaches. All of it was home canned, and it was good. I washed my hair under his shower this morning, and rolled it up.

I had that feeling that you all would approve of my seeing him, but I still wanted to ask your advice, and opinion. He is sure a swell person. I read him the parts of the letter you had written about him, and he sure appreciated it.

Well, this morning when Jay came in to pick me up he had just heard the news over the radio about Franklin D. Roosevelt dying. It was such a shock to everyone over here. The news broadcast said that he had died at 5:30 this morning Philippine time. All of the flags have been flying at half-mast over here all day.

Well, I see that Jay is opening a can of Chili Con Carne, and also some pudding, so I guess it is about supper time. We are planning to go swimming and see a show after supper. It sure is swell to have something to do to pass the time. Otherwise it would be awful dull.

I guess this is all for now, but I’ll be writing again in the next couple of days. Tell everyone hello for me.

Lots of love, Annie Edith

P.S. Just thought of it. I went out to see Fay Cohen yesterday, and we had quite a little talk. Of course I wasn’t able to stay long, but I plan to see her again next week. Jay took me out to see her.