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Letter from Jean Holdridge Reeves to her Mother, 1945

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Object ID: WV0383.4.036

Description: Jean Reeves describes the two new canteens opening on base. She writes that Tom has two new officers, describes mangos and the clothing of local children, and mentions Betty's fiancee's transfer from Europe to the Pacific.

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

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Full Text: Dearest Mother,

I’m all excited about the new nephew, yrs. Hope he’s a good baby like Doug and expect he will be. What do the children think about the addition? What have they named the baby?

We are about to get our canteens open. Guess I’ll have one of them to direct. The other will be a nice Quonset Hut close to Navy operations. Mine will be at the Air Freight operations where men are waiting for planes. Maybe have to stay all day and can’t leave.

Was very pleased to hear from Daddy. Hoping to see Tom tomorrow night. He is [censored] or [censored] miles away. Hasen’t been able to come out yet because the outfit is so busy getting organized.

They have moved several times. Think they are now settled in a couple of apartments buildings. Expect I wrote that Tom got a new officer in May but now has 2 more. They are all just over from the states with no experience. It has left all the work for Tom to do and he is very consciousness about seeing that it is done. Even if we are only able to see each other once a week or ever other week we will be lucky.

Betty’s fiancée has come here direct from the ETO so we are all ears now to find him. Hope everything goes well with them but I fear just a bit.

Mother, that’s very nice you went to [Uncapher's?] for a couple days. You should do those things more often and let the girls do the housework. They’re both strong, willing and capable. All in all you should partake of more social life and less concern about all the cherubs.

Hope Nancy is over her cold by now. Perhaps she should take Enterol like I did.

Your party food sounds wonderful to me. We have access to many native fresh fruits— mangos (about 4” long & 2” thick thru — shape of an egg— yellow inside with a huge seed— peel the skin off— taste is a conglomeration of fruits) bananas, avocados, limes, pineapples. All are very expensive but nothing is otherwise here.

Can’t remember whether I wrote about how the children are dressed or not. Most little girls look about like our slum children with dresses getting shorter each day. But with the little boys it’s a different matter. Their dress-like affair keep getting shorter and shorter with no pants being added until the age of 5 or 6. They wear these huge hats to keep the head and shoulders dry. One day I saw one apparently lying along the side of the road but as we got closer I noticed a child playing under this huge affair.

I’m trying to locate some material here which isn’t too expensive. Perhaps some linens too— will be very expensive but I want something to remember it all by.

A nice package arrived from Helen- mailed in [Joy?]. Everything in fine shape. One nut was broken is all.

Lovingly, Jean