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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: WV0082.4.004

Description: Phillips describes a typical day at boot camp, the good food at Fort Des Moines, and receiving her first pay.

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 Mama and Poppa and Nan - This my mid weekly note to let you know that I'm alive. Well, yesterday I got my pay - $38.00 - I sent $20 home by mail order as they took no money for bonds out this month. Also, from now on, we're no longer restricted to the post. For which I am thankful. Sunday, if it's pretty I'll be going into Des Moines, and I'll let you know what it's like.

Life goes on as usual. 6:00 we rise, dress in Phy. Trng [sic] clothes, make our beds, straighten up our areas. Then at 6:30 we stand reveille. After that we so our detail, and eat at seven. Come back and straighten up some more. Which is where I am now. Then we have PT, classes until 11:30. Then we eat. Well, another day has passed. I got to noon, but got stopped. After noon, we have about 10 or 15 minutes break then classes until 4:30 at which time we have mail call. Then mess again and after that we're free until 10:45. In the meantime we have to do our area, clean up, etc. So, I spend very little time out of the barracks.

I got Daddy's letter today and was much honored. Also I got the perfume. Thanks!

Well, now I'll tell you about Army chow. We have excellent meat. Chops, steaks, pot roasts, etc. We have well prepared vegetables. Great variety - spinach, beans, potatoes, broccoli (sp?), etc - good salads and good desserts. In fact it's just plain good.

Well it's nine thirty. Tomorrow is GI night and I do need rest. Also we get more shots. Oh, well, life. Ballard's letter was "tres" interesting. Send me his address if you have time.

Love, Your baby