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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Letter from Catherine Cayle to friend, 1944

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Object ID: WV0232.4.003

Description: Cayle has abdominal pain and is in the the hospital. She also mentions her brother who is serving in the South Pacific, the “horror” inflicted on Bataan, and her dislike of the Japanese.

Creator: Catherine Cayle

Biographical Info: Catherine Cayle served in the Army Nurse Corps from 1942 to 1945.

Collection: Catherine Cayle Letters

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:

My dear faithful friend -

News gets less & less - specially [sic] since I've been a patient here for over a week - They are trying [to] make me have a gastric ulcer or gall stones - I feel fine but must remain in bed - as a result I don't know anything -

How are you? Your family too. Have you tried the new doctor? It's good to know that Dr. Kraft will have a relief - working such long hours & so hard is the causative factor in the death of many young doctors - He was a splendid person.

How are your Jimmy's eyes?

My mother is working - she's a secretary in the nation's office at home - I think it will be good for her if it isn't too difficult. She has too much time on her hands. She & my sister are moving into an apartment which is most sensible. I had a letter from my beloved brother. He is "at sea" somewhere in the S. Pacific - wasn't the story of the Jap horror on Bataan the most ghastly thing? I could kill those dirty little devils bare handed.

All my friends are leaving here for Station Hosp. over seas - I do wish I'd get started - Stay healthy - & write

Love

Kit.

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