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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Letter from Constance Phillips to parents, 1945

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Object ID: WV0082.4.009

Description: Phillips describes a first aid film on battle casualties, gas mask drills, and an inspection from the Colonel.

Creator: Constance Cline Phillips

Biographical Info: Constance Phillips (b. 1924) of Concord, North Carolina, was an X-ray technician in the Women’s Army Corps from 1945 to 1946.

Collection: Constance Cline Phillips 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: Dear Parents -

Enclosed you will find the receipt - Sorry, didn't know that you had to have it on that end.

Just got your letter and one from sis announcing that she'd been capped. She seemed glad to have it all settled. Today we're having a rain spell, and to top it all, this is one of the busiest days that I've ever spent. Today we had the First Aid movie on battle casualties. It was good but a little too realistic for some of the kids. Then we went through the gas chamber. We have learned the Army procedure for donning the little gas mask and today we went through and got tear gassed. It makes one cry. Then we had more gas drill. After that we paraded for two generals. Put that into an afternoon and you have a running proposition. The Army calls it blitz, and blitz it was.

On top of KP day before yesterday, it's hard on a poor girl. Tonight I have to wash all my clothes and get ready for the white glove inspection by the Colonel. Can't wait till this week is over. Next week will be busy, but it can't be like this one. Now that I've gotten used to my gas mask I feel like the war is half over.

Now to mess and cleaning up - Love, Babe

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