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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Letter from Jamie Marshall to her husband, 1944

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Object ID: WV0206.4.007

Description: Marshall, now in France, reports on her food, mail and packages, health, and entertainment, including movies and a USO show. She notes that they are evacuating patients by air quickly and worries about spending the winter there, given their living conditions.

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 Henry:

I received your V-mail of Aug. 11, just yesterday, so you see the air mail comes through faster even over here than does the v-mail.

I just came back from breakfast, even tho [sic] I don't work until noon I can't do without my breakfast. We had dehydrated stewed apples, sausage cooked cereal, jam and coffee - nothing tastes good anymore but I eat cause I'm about half sick. Can't figure out whether I'm having hay fever again or just a bad cold, I haven't reported to sick call cause if the Dr.'s put you out of the hosp. in 7 days with the mumps I don't think they'd know the difference in Hay fever and a cold do you? We sure have had some good shows this week. "A Lady in the Dark" "Uninvited" "Tampics" Red Skeltons picture "Bathing Beauty" with Harry James, that I think was the best. We had a U.S.O show but I didn't feel like seeing it, however there is one to-nite [sic] I think I'll see since its Saturday nite [sic].

9:30 P.M. The show was pretty good for a U.S.O. I appreciate their efforts anyway. It was thrilling to see the two girls wearing real dresses, to us the dresses were the whole show. but the best part of the day was when I got to the area there was your V-mail of the 15th. As far as I can find out no one is allowed but one package per day, of course there is the Red Cross and they are supposed to furnish all patients with cigarets [sic] and I wouldn't be surprised what else they do as they are the only ones in our outfit besides the C.O. that has bought anything from the French.

They are evacuating the patients by air so fast that they will probably have to evacuate us to the states to take care of the patients there. I hope so I really hate to think what a winter here would be like here especially is [sic] we continued in our present living conditions.

My new Sun glasses came to-day and I'm real proud of them their shape is quiet [sic] snazzy looking. How much did you pay for them? I also had a notice form the part of my remittance but for some reason I haven't had a paper since June 11. So hope I get some next week.

Flora writes Aunt Phebe is dying of T.B.

Remember I love you dearly and I anxious to come home. as ever, Jamie