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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: WV0383.4.032

Description: Reeves has been assigned back to the Student Officer's Club. She reports that since the area director's visit, several ARC girls have been transfered. Of note is the list of locations she has been in New Guinea. Reeves also mentions treatment for her canker sores and getting a small pox vaccination.

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,

It seems like ever so long since I’ve written but in reality only a week. So much has happened since then, evidently.

The area director was here last Tuesday with many big ideas. As a result five girls have left for points north and the remaining eleven of us continue taking on a few additional projects such as visiting the dispensary, opening another day room and such.

Friday I came back to the Student Officer’s Club as director and chief everything. One girl came in to help 4 shifts a week. Supposedly I have 2 mornings and 4 afts a week off beside my regular day off but the supplies must go on. At least you do feel essential when you have this responsibility. I like their club better than the other one and am much happier.

This noon after just having gotten my lights up and a few details taken care of, I up and moved into a room by myself. Now things can stretch out and be their own size.

Monday my hip got a shot of small pox vaccine. They are trying to get rid of the cancre sores still. Am also taking Vit. B. In years to come my case will be written up in Medical history— if by chance a cure were found. The only cure I can think of now would be marriage— at least you hear of all these cases where acne clears up, dispositions get worse or better etc. but I guess I’ll have to wait for that treatment.

For several days the rains came by perhaps I can get some washing done now.

Guess you knew my approximate location before. Since the move I’m in Nadzab about 35 miles inland. You probably won’t find it on any map. Since coming over I've been in Hollandia (3 weeks there), then we flew down stopping at Madang, Tadje, over Wewak, Finschhafen, and Lae. I don’t know whether Ruth is still in Oro Bay or not.

Bettie Robertson is in Biak. The only chance of seeing her now would be if in transferring I would get to stop there.

Now have my running around done for the day so will take a nap.

Lovingly, Jean