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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Letter from Jean Holdridge Reeves to Parents, 1944

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Object ID: WV0383.4.058

Description: In Reeves' last letter before embarking for overseas duty, she notes she has played a lot of volleyball, has had her pants taken in, and describes their Christmas decorations.

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,

This writing may be worse than the usual since I have my wrist reinforced for volley ball games. Yesterday we played the engineers and today the air corps. Pretty good games both times. The sun bothers the eyes so that the aim is poor— need better shades. I’m getting in rugged form with this, exercises and bowling.

My GI slacks had gotten too big so the tailor fixed me up fine. They fit more like the Saks Fitch Ave ones. Some of the girls have purchased khaki shirts too but guess I’ll wait and see just what I’m going to wear. Don’t like wearing slacks but it does give you a lift when you dress for dinner in the evening.

I sent two stockings home which I would like to have mended if possible. Just wore the rayon one once. Must have been weak.

Whenever you get the snapshots that I’m sending home please send me a copy or 2 of each. I’ll send you the home addresses of several other girls who want complete copies too— charge it up to my account. You’re going to need a bookkeeper. Think I can tell you how we were standing in one picture so you’ll know the girls love written about the most. To my left was Kate Hopkins to my right Bettie Robertson & next to her Mary Gillis.

Since deciding to wear my hair the way the man styled it I like my permanent. Did Helen Nelson get one from that girl. How is Helen getting along with her many jobs?

I’m wondering what you’ll be doing for Christmas and if you got a tree. They have the most gorgeous tree here in the cafeteria which reaches the ceiling we wanted to decorate but the café crew wanted to do it. The orderly brought us a wee tree which we have decorated the old fashioned way- country style too with candles, pop corn, red & green paper loops or chains.

The church service today was excellent. There has been a different chaplain each time and this man hit the jackpot. The music is good but I miss a choir. The astonishing thing to me is the number of men who attend services. Most ministers would like this as a change.

Please keep these cards for me for my collection. I sent out all the rest I got.

Expect you’ll be getting this about Christmas with the mails as crowded as they are now so I’m hoping you’ll have a nice day with all the trimmings as we always do. It won’t be long until Melissa will be home either, I guess and what a time you will have then. I’m waiting for a picture of Douglas but if he looks just like Jimmy I know how he looks. Nancy’s picture is so sweet. Have you hung yours up and where did you finally put it?

How is Grandma? How about A. Marian and Chuck? It’s too bad they had such a short time with you.

Merry, merry Christmas with much love and kisses.

Jean