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Letter from Jean Holdridge Reeves to parents, 1945

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Object ID: WV0383.4.002

Description: Jean Holdridge Reeves describes her arrival in New Guinea, including the living facilities, transportation, orientation, food, and uniforms.

Creator: Jean Holdridge Reeves

Biographical Info: Jean Holdridge Reeves (b. 1920) of Marion, Ohio, served in the Pacific as a member of the Red Cross from 1944 to 1946.

Collection: Jean Holdridge Reeves 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: Hello folks,

Here [censored] in New Guinea waiting for assignment. They tell us that we should know by Tuesday so here’s for crossed fingers.

We are still having wonderful living facilities— now at a navy base with Quonset huts as out latest houses. The sight of clean sheets, white U.S. navy blankets and nice cots was a real treat. Of course the minute I arrived I began wondering if Jieu Myers might be around and are working on hunting him up. One of the men thins there is a possibility.

The night of arrival after a ride in an open truck we were very ready for the coffee and sandwiches they had for us in the mess hall. We eat with the officers at a very low cost. So far food is good too.

Jan 14

Today I've been taking in as much scenery as possible. We are high enough up that the view is excellent. One several sides we look down upon small lakes. In a couple days we hop to be able to go swimming in on that is supposed to be the most gorgeous with a little mountain stream running down. There are many mountains on the isalnd which are covered with lovely green foliage. I'm anxious to investigate and find out what some of it really is.

Daddy, you'd enjoying seeing the red clay all around. I understand that rain makes it almost impossible to move on. It is astounding to view all the engineering jobs that have been done and maybe later on I can write more about it.

Jan 15

Yesterday and today we’ve been having orientation. Every place [illegible] goes a few days of getting acquainted with, the particular operations is necessary. The area directors have been explaining actual situations to us as it was not possible to do in the states. The mobile units are even greater in number than I wrote you about earlier so later on I can tell you about that too.

Tonight it all is well we’re going to have some company- fellows from the same ship were on. They’ve done a good job of locating us since we now have a phone. Dinner last night was excellent with some fresh vegetables and fresh fruit at noon. We’ve also had some “C” rations which weren’t bad but probably will get monotonous when a great deal of ingenuity is shown.

Opened my foot locker today and everything came through in perfect shape so far. This evening I must open my duffel bag and view that— most of my clothes were in there and I am hoping and expecting them to OK too.

We’re getting khaki trousers and shirts to wear on duty but only have one set so far and they say you need two a day. Going to be doing lots of sack duty at that rate. Want to write the girls too. Haven’t heard a word from them yet. My APO is #707 until further notice.

Love Jean