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Letter from Jean Holdridge Reeves to Parents, 1944

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Object ID: WV0383.4.056

Description: Reeves aboard ship, describes the weather, Christmas presents, breakfast, church and choir practice.

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 Folks,

This was one of my Christmas presents from those which the American Red Cross distributed. Someone in Oakland had wrapped the various little articles— notebook, toothbrush, soap, razor blades, book, etc.

We’re still having just as beautiful weather as ever with occasional showers. One evening, never having been forced entirely undercover below, we tried to stick out what was a horrible downpour. Our field jackets and life jackets are pretty good protection but when we stood up the pool that had collected below us wasn’t as large as it once was ‘cause we were carrying it with us. Before long there is no doubt but what I’ll have to get these slacks pressed. Not bothering to have shirts pressed because I figure there is no use to have the soap in them permanently. Still have a couple of ironed ones to wear on special occasions like disembarking.

This morning we had fresh rolls with frosting on top. That was a real treat. We had an excellent church service. I like services on board ship— very simple and short. We sing in the choir with very little practice— don’t bother the high style singing— just the song book variety. We laugh about going to church just for a chair to sit on and then got tricked up yesterday.

I’m going to write a v-mail too and will mail them all at the same time so you can tell me how they fare. Thinking about you with loads of love and kisses, Jean.