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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Letter from Jean Holdridge Reeves to her Father, 1945

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Object ID: WV0383.4.040

Description: Jean Holdridge Reeves opened her new canteen last week and is serving 1000 men a day. She reports that she has again visited the hospital for her canker sores, received her promotion and raise, a woodworking factory has been opened nearby, men await news of discharge, and she wishes to buy things to bring home.

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,

Our mail hasn’t been coming through very well— expect the big push is making a difference. Haven’t heard from any one for quite awhile.

Opened my canteen last Friday and like it very much. Betty and Sue have left now to work on a mobile unit so a girl by the name of Helen Scholl is with me. Betty is better but is still planning to go home. We serve at least 1,000 men each day— coffee, doughnuts & sandwiches. Keeps the Filipinos busy putting food out and cleaning while we check to see that it is done.

Yesterday I painted 10 tables. Am planning to leave the chairs their natural brown.

Phil Morgan came to see me yesterday and took me to dinner after a nice swim. He is one of the fellows with whom we had so much fun at Camp Stoneman. Believe I wrote that Gene Kelly, another of them came through one night. Phil called Bill Oliphant, invited him over and had a long talk with him. Says that he looks fine, still not fat, of course. Bill was in northern Luzon but has moved now. Suppose like many others they’ll go north.

The reports today seem to indicate adherence to Gen. McArthue's orders so we shall see what happens later on. Tom hasn’t left yet but expects to do so any day. I was going to see him on Wednesday but he was too sick. Seems to be some other fever up here that they’re wondering about. Perhaps somewhat like dengue- a la Philippines.

Went to the hospital to have them work on my cancre sores again. If this guinea pig just goes often enough a remedy might be found. In a general hospital a board of doctors meets thrice weekly to discuss cases. I am to be a subject next Monday there as well as in the dental clinic.

Behind my shack there is a sawale factory in progress now. It is not your idea of one, however. A lot of bamboo branches supporting a roof which is a conglomeration of corrugated metal, old pieces of sawale and thatching. Many of them squat around splitting bamboo according to the size and type they want to make. Right now they’re making me a bookcase to put our magazines and games on.

Must try to enclose a note from one of the girls who is working for me to explain her absence. Notice the beautiful penmanship- they don't all have it, however.

We are all fine and anxiously awaiting more news of discharge. The latest that 2nd Lts. with 35 pts. will be discharged & so on up the line sounds as if by next July most of them will be headed home.

Is there anything that any of you would like to have from here? Going to find some little purses for Janey and Nancy. Now is the time I’d like to have all my nephews, nieces because boy’s articles seem to be nil.

Oh my, almost forgot the news of interest today— Mr. Varnum very nicely put it for a promotion for me just when we moved from Nadzab. Surprisingly enough it has come through already— now I’m an Able-Bodied Recreation Worker or more commonly known as Able-Bodied Rec. It means a $25 raise per month which will be sent to me here. For awhile at least I’m going to keep it so I can buy some extra things in case I ever see nice articles. Most of them are so very expensive and completely out of sight. Would like to buy Meek, Moe, and a few people like that some small article.

Hardly seems possible that the boys will be starting school so soon— will have by the time this reaches you. Hope you are all well.

Lovingly,

Jean