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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Letter from Jamie Marshall to her husband, 1943

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Object ID: WV0206.4.003

Description: Marshall writes of intentions to cancel her Defense bonds because of the high cost and expresses displeasure at the current state of operations in her outfit, especially on spending money to decorate. She also mentions social activities including swimming and drinking beer.

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

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 Hen:

Woke up at 3 am and haven't been able to go back to sleep. Read yesterdays press and still not sleepy what I need is a good fishing trip or something to relax me.

The major appointed a committee of light nurses to meet with the Commanding Officer of the Hospital to-day and a friend of mine on the committee said they really told him every thing so we shall see. A number of the nurses have already gone and cancelled their Defense bonds and I really intend doing the same if we have to pay the $45 per month. If we would get better food OK but we won't and I didn't leave my home and husband to buy drapes and curtains for all the Army Camps in the U.S.A. I say any one thats [sic] been in the Army 32 years probably doesn't even know the First war is over, but I bet before this mess is settled she'll know the U.S. is at war now.

I got you a little birthday gift to-day will try and get it mailed so you will get it by July 6 and I hope you can use it. I didn't go swimming yesterday but went into town, left my bracelett [sic] at the Jewelers to have it made smaller cost $0.50. Will get it Sat. Have a date to go on a swimming party tomorrow nite [sic]. Maybe I'll get a beer or two, have only had the one bottle so far.

Its [sic] cooler sure wish it would stay this way -

bye love Jamie.