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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Letter from Constance Phillips to parents, 1945

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Object ID: WV0082.4.003

Description: Phillips writes home after her first week of basic. She likes her platoon but not the weather or work, and indicates she is a "soul satisfying" Army "spirit."

Creator: Constance Cline Phillips

Biographical Info: Constance Phillips (b. 1924) of Concord, North Carolina, was an X-ray technician in the Women’s Army Corps from 1945 to 1946.

Collection: Constance Cline Phillips 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:

Dear Folks -

Well, one week of basic is almost over. Can't say I'm glad, cause I'm having lots of fun. This is a good gang - not stuffy and not too wild. Our platoon is extra good, though they say everybody thinks that. But we have a swell time. Lots of days are miserable because of the weather & the work, but all in all it's a swell life.

This morning I went to chapel. The chaplain is from Durham - surprise? We've been having classes and working hard, but it's good soul-satisfying business. When I scrub a floor, it's scrubbed and I de-double dare anybody to mess it up. Spirit I am getting- thought I never would but the Army can do it. Even to quiet little me. Tomorrow we start on another week. It's snowing, sleeting, hailing etc. again & we'll be in all day, but so long as my cold is under control, I'm ok. With the medicine I have from the dispensary I should never be sick again.

Well not I must GI my area & clean up a bit. So, write often your letters are morale boosters -

Love,

Babe