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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: WV0383.4.038

Description: Jean Holdridge Reeves hopes to be able to open her new canteen next week, but in the meantime is operating out of a borrowed trailer called the Air Strip-Tease. She also describes a recent visit to a Navy club.

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,

Today has been a busy one which made it seem more worth while. Drew final or probably semi-final plans for my canteen which we hope to open next week. In the morning at 7:00 I shall start out with a trailer and a jeep filled with goodies— coffee and cookies only tomorrow. Later branching out into doughnuts and sandwiches. I can serve this and still direct the Filipino carpenters so we’ll have a building before too many days. Seems that it has taken so long already.

Went into this little town about 8 miles from here to get some avocados, pineapples and fresh green onions about noon. Then I had to make a second trip for the mail this P.M. That seems like a long distance to drive for your reading matter but it must be done. Got your first letter yesterday to this APO.

Friday

Exactly one month after arrival and I started my mobile work today. From another installation which has closed we got a trailer called the Air Strip-Tease. The sign on the rear says “Beware! Woman Driver! ARC!” This is pulled by a jeep. I took this out to my canteen- served coffee and cookies while supervising the building. This aft— very shortly now— I am now taking a cold drink out. The inside of the building is clean now and the side of our counter is going up. It’s great fun being an architect too. Met one of the pilots we had so much from with at Camp Stoneman, Calif. That is a nice feature of working on an airstrip.

Do you know a Bob Murphy who lived in Chestnut Street—East, I believe. Saw him last Fri. night. He says that Cramer of the Marion Star is only 8 miles away so I shall try to look him up.

Last night we started to a USO show but when it rained ended up in a Navy Quonset which was cleverly arranged. The only little girls room was at the officer’s club which is still waiting for finishing touches so we trucked off down that way. The club is a dream of white and blue. Got an invitation to its opening next Friday night so shall wait until it’s in its finest shape to describe.

Was very glad to hear from Kay and Janey today. It seems that the harvesting is very late this year but maybe I lost track of the proper seasons since we have none.

Did I tell you that Tom finally came out last Sunday. Awfully good to see him again. Haven’t talked to him since so don’t know whether he’ll make it again soon or not. Hope so because I have a feeling that his time here is swiftly drawing to an end.

Hope you are all well—

Love, Jean