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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Letter from Jean Holdridge Reeves to Kay, 1945

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Object ID: WV0383.4.049

Description: Reeves mentions an article by a "Jap student who felt Hirohito lowered himself", and says that the majority of the men felt that a military invasion should have occurred. She notes that materials are being stolen from the commissary and that Tom has left, and hints at a possible wedding, which she hopes Kay and Forest will attend.

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 Kay,

By the time you receive this your trip will be over and back to the routine. I do hope you enjoyed the trip as much as I have mine. Hope that on my way back I’ll get to see more than on the trip out— missed all the pretty parts— nighttime always comes around.

It was nice that Dorothy Jack was home for a visit. Her babies must be cute. I’m so anxious to see Douglas, especially after all the raving. The rest will have grown so much I wonder if I’ll know everybody.

Don and Roy haven’t been very good correspondents lately. Too much vacation with work and then too much school, I guess. Give each one of them a kiss for me. Was just looking at James’ first printing which you sent to me several months ago.

I’m getting all set for that good you have canned and frozen— It all sounds so good even though our food is fairly good.

Hope you get to Florida for vacation. It would be a much earned change for you. Only thing I ask is that you plan to be home for my wedding, if I ever get married. Won’t make you do the getting ready but I’d be terribly disappointed if you & Forest weren’t at the affair.

Tom left a week ago today so of course I haven’t heard anymore about his getting home. It will probably be 3 months before I make it, myself.

Had a long letter from Jim today. Still wish he might be able to fly down for a visit because I’m afraid I can’t get up. Certainly would like to see some of Japan though. The article you sent written by the Jap student who felt Hirohito lowered himself by visiting McArthur was interesting. Perhaps it is about time the Japanese public realized that he is not God. Most men feel that we should have invaded. If the atomic bomb had been introduced then our losses would not have been so great either. Just another one of the many ideas.

Saw the movie “Bedside Manner” last night. Not too bad. Am going to a party tonight for officers and Tomorrow the EM’s.

We had lots of excitement lately at our commissary. Discovered 5 loots hidden away for people to carry off. The guard caught a woman getting coffee. It is definitely an inside job but we can’t discover which one does it. Usually each one knows who is guilty but they are very loyal to each other and will not tell. As long as we are here they won’t steal from each other.

Must get ready for the party. Have been busy all day trying to fix up billets for the girl next door.

Love & Kisses, Jean