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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: WV0082.4.005

Description: Phillips discusses receiving a commendation at inspection, going a week without a gig, having a parade this morning, and plans to go to Des Moines.

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-

We had another inspection this morning. That is, a big inspection; we have one every day. I've gone a whole week without a gig, and this morning I got a commendation for my bed making ability. One commendation erases a gig, so I'm ahead of the game. Never thought I'd be extremely neat, did you? However, even I can do it. There are very few gals that have no gigs, so I'm strutting.

This morning we have a parade, our first. I'm really pleased, as we march with the hand, and review before Col. MacCoskrie. In spite of the fact that lots of the kids have never marched before, we do a good job. 1st Platoon has good cadre, and I'm pleased. Our Sgt. Jackson believes that kindness gets quite far. Last night (GI) we were allowed to go out if we finished our detail. Few people took advantage of the privilege, but we knew we could if we wanted to. The other platoons were restricted. I dare say that they did not do as well as we did. It's just a better set-up. So far I've been fortunate. Tonight is the time for my duty to come up again. Was very pleased to fine that I had on clean-up detail, not KP. I have to work only two hours; instead of 24. Better, as otherwise I'd be working over the weekend!

Tomorrow I'll be going into town. Can't wait to just look around.

Tuesday night I'm going in again to see Helen Hayes in "Harriet" - will also report on that. We get special permission to be out until 12:00. Hope it's good.

Then Wednesday night we go into town for a Co. party. So, you can see that we play occasionally.

Now it's getting time for the parade, so I've got to straighten my area, as there are inspectors about.

Thought you might be interested in the enclosures.

Love, Babe