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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: WV0383.4.029

Description: Letter primarily updates Reeves' mother on the status of Reeves friends in the States. She also mentions an upcoming Red Cross beach party, low morale due to the high number of points required for discharge, and another recent wedding.

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,

Tomorrow we’re having a big beach party for the men. They aren’t allowed to go to 713 without pass and that is hard to get because the men have missed so many missions, details, classes, and even shipping orders.

Another couple got married out here so they built them a little house at the hospital. Guess it’s fixed up very nicely.

The men are very discouraged about the critical number for discharge from the army. For this theatre it is 100 and that is pretty high. The officers are the most downhearted because no matter how high the points their chances of release are small. Like Tom, for instance, he is the only officer in the detachment so unless replaced from outside there would be no hopes. And it isn’t likely that they’ll replace trained officers with inexperienced. He’ll have a hard time anyway because utilities units always have to stay until the base closes out. There is a possibility of his going to China or Formosa when he does move.

I finished reading “Green Dolphin Street”. It is a combination of several books— the girl reminds you of 'Scarlet' in her determination although her moral life is nothing like it. Then there’s a bit of “Leave Her to Heaven” about it. A hard book to get into but good once you make it.

Meek writes that Bob and Barbara are expecting a baby this summer. Sherry Saurer had a boy. Betty Bloodgood had a baby too.

Charlene Waterson is married. Also Beth Mackey. Did I write you that Shirley Davis married her navy flier when he returned? Now Peaier[?] is contemplating a move to Phoenix but if she doesn’t she’ll live with Gwen. Haven’t heard from [illegible] but understand she has taken quite a fancy to all Annapolis man. I met him but wasn’t too impressed. Barbara Lou Stubblefield, my Kappa daughter my last year, is in Columbus, Ohio. The fellow Etta Laing went with is reported missing. It doesn’t look as if Sherrell’s husband will turn up. Shirley is married to a cute navy man.

Bob Corley has been back in the states but I don’t know whether it was furlough or permanent. Art Leach whom Eileen Holforty[?] married is on state’s duty now. He’s a navy flier. Mary Lenore Danforth is Director of the Copy Dept. of the Kane Advertising Agency in Bloom—. Sounds good anyway. Her husband is on this side. Lois Eyer’s husband is home now so she and the baby are in R.I. with him. Sarah Jane Hubbard is expecting in Sept. Sope is now living on Jackson Street next to the Qeuberlings[?]. Think they bought the place.

Ann Nichols was accepted by the Red Cross but then decided not to go. She wants to change jobs but can’t make up her mind what to.

Got a heavy date right now.

Lovingly, Jean