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Letter from Evelyn Horton to her parents, 1943

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Object ID: WV0381.4.001

Description: This three page, handwritten letter from Evelyn Horton to her parents details the swearing in ceremony at Fort Oglethorpe, shortly after the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps became the Women's Army Corps. Horton has marked out one of the As in WAAC on the stationary header.

Creator: Evelyn E. Horton

Biographical Info: Evelyn E. Horton of Eastondale, Massachusetts, was a technician third grade in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) during World War II. She was stationed in Cairo, Egypt, with the Middle East Service Command from May 1944 through 1945.

Collection: Evelyn E. Horton 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 Mommy & Dad,

After standing for hours, part of the time at “attention,” and thrilling to the companies stand in review and on parade, it is with pride and still plenty of vigor that I check off the extra “A” on the stationary name. We are in the Army now!!! I cannot begin to describe how thrilling it all was. The parade ground was an enormous green lawn, and I never saw such a huge flag flying over it. Don't let anyone tell you the WACs are a sloppy outfit! It made tears come to my eyes to see those girls perform. Now I can see one grand reason for their skirts being snug- They fall beautifully from left to right as they march. Three girls in the regulars who were parading passed out from excessive heat. WAC MP's are stationed on the rear of each company and are on the double to take care of those who are ill. We certainly were fortunate to be in on the mass swearing in at Ft. Oglethorpe. This is a huge place—thousands of WACS. When Lt. McChusky, our Co. 2 C.O. took us onto the field all of those companies of WACS cheered & cheered & clapped & then they began singing WAC songs—one goes “F-O-R-T Oglethorpe” and another “you can tell a WAC from Oglethorpe.” I'll probably know them well before we get home on leave. We have had our 3 tests, I.Q., Mechanical, and Radio—it was terrifically hot—one little girl who came down from Bos. with us passed out in the test room. The girls in uniform are walking around today with their shirts soaking and way below their waist bands on their skirts were soaking. After we came back from the parade ground we were herded into a hot corner by our barracks and had to be sworn in again—Then had to line up in the excessive heat to sign the papers, so now I am a private. (We had to fall out in a—

It is now Sat—at 2:45 P.M.—We went over to the warehouse this morning. My skirts & summer jacket must be altered—of course—but the fit will be perfect. I have a honey of a utility coat—only one other girl got such a lovely one.

What articles we did not get this morning will be issued later. We leave these barracks tonight so the girls are arranging a skit.

Beginning of a fine spirit which extended in a [fellowed?] sense throughout my experience.

See you later—