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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Letter from Jean Holdridge Reeves to parents, 1945

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Object ID: WV0383.4.004

Description: V-Mail from Jean Holdridge Reeves, still awaiting assignment, who is doing a lot of sewing for herself and fellow service members.

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: Dearest Folks,

Just about to leave to spend the night with Bettie. It’s quite a trip from here although the distance is not great according to our ideas that roads are very bumpy.

My sewing which I thought it would be necessary to give up has followed me right here. Yesterday we hat making day. Think I already told you about making on shipboard— made 4 overseas caps yesterday. Did a handsome 2 tone job. This morning a desperate call from across the way has me started making a blue sharkskin bathing suit for the women who is in charge here. She would give me some unbleached muslin for one if I can find some decoration. I'm wondering how tie dying would be. How I was wish I brought some bright ric-rack and some material for a bed spread and a little dressing table flounce.

Still haven’t heard where I’m going on my assignment. So am enjoying myself all the time.

Lovingly, Jean