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Letter from Annie Pozyck to her parents, 1945

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Object ID: WV0333.4.044

Description: Pozyck describes the contents of the K-ration and being anxious for word about 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 & Daddy,

Well, to-day I had my day off for the week. We are all getting one day off now & it is wonderful. I slept until almost nine o’clock, then I got up & cleaned the tent & straightened up a few of my things. Everything always gets in such a mess when I’m on nights. I drank a pint can of grapefruit juice for breakfast, & for dinner I had some “K” rations. You don’t know what those are so I’ll tell you. They have rations that are given to men out in the field which need no preparation, & there are these boxes for each day- one marked Breakfast, one Dinner, & one Supper. So I had the Dinner. I had cheese, powdered lemonade, a fruit bar, some crackers, & in each box there are four cigarettes & one stick of chewing gum. Jay left me these boxes of “K” rations before he went back to the States.

I received your letter the 22nd that you wrote the 10th. Hope you got the birthday card, & hope you had a nice birthday.

The same day I got your last letter I got one from Aunt Esther & Uncle Clifford. Still no packages yet though.

I do hope I’ll hear from Louis soon. It seems that we should be getting some word soon. I guess that I’m getting too anxious, but I want to hear from him so badly.

To-day I got a V-Mail from “Mom” Parish. She said she wanted “Pop” to go to N.C. this summer. She said he hadn’t been feeling so good. If he does come be sure & see him. I don’t know if “Mom” will come with him or not.

So Ed is back in the States. Well, I guess they don’t realize how lucky they are. What if they had been separated like Louis. That will be a glorious day when we get back together. I wonder when that will be?

Guess this is all for now. Will write again in a couple of days.

Lots of love, Annie Edith