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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Letter from Annie Pozyck to her Parents, 11 August 1945

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Object ID: WV0333.4.072

Description: Pozyck relates the celebration of Japan's surrender and her emotions.

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 hardly know where to start, after all that has happened in the past 18 hours. Last night at 9:00 we got news that Japan had surrendered. Of course we learned later that they were ready to sign a peace treaty, providing that we would let them keep their emperor.

Everybody was celebrating last night. It was the most wonderful sight you’ve ever seen. All of the ships in the harbor sent up all sorts of flares & fireworks. The whistles were blowing, sirens screaming & everyone shouting because the war is over. It seemed like something we’ve hoped & prayed for for so long, & then when peace came, no one knew exactly what to do. I didn’t know whether to sit down & cry, or stand up & shout, or just what to do. The first thing I thought of was “I wonder what the folks back home are doing tonight.” Then the next thing I thought was “Thank God Louis won’t have to come over here”. I wonder if he is at home there with you all now?

The patients just went wild on the wards. I thought they were going to tear the place up. But I just let them go. I figured what the heck- they deserve to celebrate- all these kids that were out there & shot by those d----- Japs.

I received your letter to-day, written 1 Aug. telling about Uncle Roy. I’m glad he’s doing alright.

I’ve just finished supper, so now I’ll get back to my letter-writing. There’s not much news other than the war, & that’s the highlight of everything.

President Truman is supposed to make a speech to-night. I don’t know what time, but I sure want to hear him to hear if they have really signed the peace treaty.

I’ve been getting letters from Louis about every other day, & that keeps up my morale more than anything else in the world. It’s so wonderful to hear from him again- after 6 long months. It’s too bad about Nancy Dayvantt’s husband. When I hear about people like that, I realize how fortunate I am that my darling came back to me safe & sound.

Well, I guess this is all for now. I want to listen to the news. We have a news broadcast direct from the States- San Francisco- every day at 6 P.M. I’ll be writing again in a couple of days- when there is PEACE over the whole world.

Lots of love, Annie Edith