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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Letter from Jean Holdridge Reeves to her Mother, 1945

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Object ID: WV0383.4.028

Description: Reeves mentions an upcoming pork chop lunch and boxing bout, the recent boat trip, Austrian nurses' accommodations, and her mother's birthday.

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 Mother,

Another year, another birthday. Your Mother’s Day celebration sounded exciting. I know you’re enjoying being there with the girls, being able to run in and out and have them do the same. I do hope that you’ll let people help you enough so that you add a little meat to those bones of yours. Too bad you and Nancy can’t be celebrating together but maybe you will do it before long.

This morning one of the boys brought us pork chops, potatoes which we French fried, pineapple and then we had bread & butter. Now all I’ll need for lunch will be milk. We’ll have fresh milk again this noon since the ‘fat cat’ came in yesterday— probably tomatoes too.

Our boat trip Wednesday was just perfect in every way— weather, people, food, scenery. I wore my new swimsuit made of white material— real heavy corded material that Jerry used to paint on. We took some pictures of me in it so that Melissa can see if she likes the creation. Want to make another one now out of yellow linen.

Tomorrow night we may go to the prize fights. The ring is right here beside our club, the baseball diamond at the back. Our Inspector General's report was favorable as well as the sanitary report. Usually our installations are so picked on. The mess hall took the rap this time and as a result 8 new ones must be built.

We saw two of our girls who are on rest leave at an Australian nurses’ rest center. The accommodations for them are very nice— separate rooms, small dining room, tea served several times daily in royal fashion, swimming facilities good. This is another headquarters for ANGAU. Naturally there are many natives around, lots of them chewing beetle nut and acting a bit giddy because of it.

Yesterday a V-mail came to me without an envelope. Guess they’ve runout over here. Makes you feel a little strange to say the least. Of course someone else has censored it anyway and read it.

Am enclosing another money order. My love to you always,

Jean