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Letter from Jamie Marshall to her husband, 1943

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Object ID: WV0206.4.002

Description: Marshall lists the items she purchased at the PX; discusses potential birthday presents, including pajamas, a prayer book, and an identification bracelet; explains the information on her dog tags; and mentions that other nurses are leaving for foreign duty.

Creator: Jamie D. Marshall

Biographical Info: Jamie Marshall served in Texas, England, France, Belgium, and Germany as a member of the Army Nurse Corps from 1943-1945.

Collection: Jamie Marshall Papers

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Full Text: Dear Hen:

Received you letter this P.M. that you must have mailed yesterday P.M. on the Blvd, about that Black Bros. bill when I bought the chest and made the first payment was supposed to clear up the old bill. Sure glad you got it cleared up.

I thought it was all settled about my birthday present. The Prayer book, I still want but if you want to send me something else send me a couple pairs of pajamas for summer. You know the kind I like cotton crepe size 16. Short pants if you can get them.

I went to the P.X. with Lehmann and spent $3 before I knew it here's what I bought. Kleenex, Hand Cream, 5 pkg. cig, 3 pkg. gum, 6 penny box matches, a 50¢ pencil – autopoint, 4 buttons 10¢ each and a clothes brush 20¢,

On second thought if you'd like to you could buy me one of those gold identification bracelets with my name and serial no on it - like this "Jamie D. Marshall 2nd L.T. N-735807."

The reason they aren't making any more chains for dog tags is because we have to wear them all [the] time and they must be on something that can be cut in case of death I guess. Here's what mine have on there.

Marshall, Jamie D. N-735807 T43, A; Mr. Henry E. Marshall; 101 Caylor Street; Houston, Texas; P.

T-43 means I had tetanus shots in '43. A is Blood type, so remember you are the same type. P means Protestant. We are all more or less sad to-night as the other girls leaving to morrow for foreign duty.

By the way, I thought you were going to have a picture made for me, have you forgotten. I sure want one before I leave so you'd better get it done. How about it. When you buy your suit buy a good one. How are you breaking on the house expenses? I was in such a daze last month I didn't keep up with my checks but this month I'm doing things right also am numbering them. Must go press my uniform for to-morrow so Good night.

Love Jamie