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Letter from Annie Pozyck to her parents, 1945

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Object ID: WV0333.4.037

Description: Pozyck asks her mother to send pantyhose and brassieres, and discusses exchanging worn clothes with the locals for souvenirs. She notes that her letters to her husband are still being returned, but is hopeful he is alive as a prisoner of war.

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 been several days since I wrote to you, but I’ve been awfully busy, & at night I just fall in my bunk. I get to exhausted during the day from the heat, it’s so terrific & at night when it really gets cool, I’m ready to go to bed, & believe me I really sleep.

I’m having my P.M. today, & what do you know. I’m going on night duty Sunday night. Vivian is going on too, of which I’m very glad there being only two of us on at a time. We do 2 weeks of 12-hour duty.

I don’t know exactly when you will get this, but I hope it is before Mother’s Day. I hear it is May 13th. So Mother, from the bottom of my heart I want it to be a happy day for the dearest Mother in the whole world - MINE. Last year I sent flowers, but this year I don’t even have a pretty card to send. But the whish is most sincere.

As yet I haven’t received the cablegram that you sent or the V-Mail. So I think our best bet is Air Mail, don’t you? For both ways.

Jay & I went to see the stage show “Oklahoma” night before last & it was wonderful. I don’t know when I’ve seen anything I enjoyed quite so much.

I received your letter to-day that you wrote the 24th. Its grand to have the mail come through so good.

Yesterday I got back two letters that I had written to Louis while I was still at Stoneman. Also his birthday card. But I can take his letters coming back a little better, now that I know that someday, I hope not too far off, he will be getting some of my letters.

Mother, I would like for you to send me some brassiers. I would like 6 of size 40. you know the kind that suits me. I don’t want them too wide. When you send them would you also send a couple of boxes of Kotex. Just take it out of the box.

I told you about my exchanging clothes, & said you didn’t exactly understand it. Well, the natives would rather exchange souvenirs for clothes, than take money. So I’ve been giving away old slips, pajamas that are getting pretty worn, hose & things like that, I decided those things would rot before I would use them again. You see we never wear dresses. Just khaki slacks & shirts all the time, so slips & silk hose are of no good to me. Gee, I would like to wear a dress again.

Well it’s almost time to go to supper, so I’ll say so long. Hope you are both feeling good.

Lots of love, Annie Edith