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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: WV0333.4.043

Description: Pozyck discusses the end of night duty, the new Officer's Club, her five month anniversary in the Philippines, mail, and the surgical and orthopedic wards.

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 & Daddy,

Well, I’m off night duty. Came off yesterday (Sun) morning & slept until noon. Then I got up & spent the afternoon writing letters.

I haven’t had a single letter for the past four days, but I’m not by myself because very little mail has come to anyone here. I hope I’ll get some soon to sort of boost my morale. It’s really way down, & letters from home seem to help more than anything else.

There isn’t much news. Everything is pretty much the same here at the hospital. I’m in charge of a surgical & orthopedic ward, & we are pretty busy, but I like this kind of ward, so I’m happy at my work.

It’s still very hot, but the natives tell us it’s about time for the rainy season to start, & I sure hope it does soon. This heat is really getting everyone down. Everybody is getting heat rash, including me. I’ve really been keeping myself powdered up with heat rash powder.

Well, it will soon be five months since we left the states. It will be five months on June 4th. Hardly seems that long. The time has gone pretty fast. I hope the rest of the months we have to spend over here will go just as fast. The sooner the better.

I wrote a short letter to Aunt Esther & Uncle Clifford yesterday while I was catching up on my corresponding. I was telling them that I still haven’t received any of the packages yet.

We have quite a nice little Officer’s Club here at the hospital. We opened it last Friday night with a party. That’s where I am now doing my writing. It is a bamboo hut with coconut palms for a roof. It is so much cooler than our tents too.

I’m off duty to-day from 1-3, & so I decided I had better do my writing instead of sleeping. I got enough sleep last night anyway. I was in bed at 9:30.

Well, I guess this is all for now. Hope to be getting some mail in the next couple of days.

Lots of love, Annie Edith