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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Letter from Marcelle Fischer to her parents, 1942

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Object ID: WV0253.4.001

Description: Fischer notes her unit has been preparing for inspection, her auxiliary class is the first to complete the four weeks of basic training in only three, she has not received all of her uniforms, likes being kept busy, and is about to march in her last parade of basic training.

Creator: Marcelle K. Fischer

Biographical Info: Marcelle K. Fischer served in the WAC from 1942-1945.

Collection: Marcelle Fischer 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 Folks -

Well, I have never been so busy in my life. We just are ready for our formal inspection. We scrubbed the barrack floors, pipes, rafters, windows, and cabinets. We were up at 6:00 then revielle [sic] at 6:30 then rush back in to make our beds - turning the mattress every day, aligning our shoes - cleaning our trunks, and then last of all ourselves. You would never know me - a place for everything and everything in its place. Gosh - we had had our inspection and everything was in fine order. My gosh I have so much to tell you I don't know where to begin.

First tell Ike thanks for the candy - it was good and the kids all enjoyed it. Thanks for the hangers. Next week I shall send her the money for the stamps and postage for the other things. Just now I think I might need all the money I can spare - because we don't know where we are going. Some have their orders and are leaving for New York, and Philadelphia.

By the way we are the first auxiliary class to finish in 3 weeks - that is the original 4 weeks course in 3 weeks. You can imagine we were busy. Some days from 6 in the morning till 8:30 at night - and in between classes walking between 8 to 10 miles, through gravel and mud. Every time we come in from a class, we had to wash our shoes and galoshes from the mud that is the worst I ever seen.

But, I've finished so now I'm just waiting for orders. You have asked for a picture - well first of all we haven't gotten of all [sic] our uniforms. So when I do I shall send them to you.

This letter shall be rather disconnected but it has been so long since I've written to anyone so you shall have to pass it around to read to everyone.

I'm sending Ike my tax bills to Florida and hope you will get a money order and sent it to Fla. for me cause I can't get one here. And I said please keep an account of the money and I will send you it very soon.

By the way did my Bond come - or my check from work - Also - Ike would you either pick up - call or drop a card to the Service Laundry 52 W. Chicago Ave and get the Nylon hose I sent to be mended. Please do this and keep them in the dresser drawer for me - where the mates are - or else send them all to me. Do this as soon as possible. Also by the way got a letter from Alvina - do you suppose she would feel bad if I sent her those nylons she gave me. You know I have 4 pairs of cotton and 4 pairs of dress rayons and when they wear out they are expendable (that is replaceable.) So I would rather she used them and send me some cookies or candy sometime. I feel selfish with all these clothes and stockings. I would appreciate it if they were worn instead of just keeping them in the locker. So ask her and me know. I have more now than ever before - even though I don't have have much opportunity. I would rather have some one who could really use them have them.

Just got back from another class - 3 mile hike to and fro. I can't explain how happy & satisfied I've been for the last 3 weeks - I have always liked to be busy and this has been wonderful - never a moment to think and at night just into bathe and fall in bed.

By the way I just got a letter from Don's sister-in law and she said they haven't heard from him in months and wondered if I had - and if I would let them know as soon as possible if I heard - So I guess he is far far away - Maybe some day I shall meet up with him. I never heard from Father Daley yet - so I guess he was sent away too.

Oh, I also got a nice letter from the Service Club in Skokie, asking me what I would like as a going away gift - and Xmas gift and a subscription to the paper was on the way - Did they have anything in the paper about me. If so cut it out for my scrap book - If not you can put in about me finishing basic training.

Well guess I have to stop now as I must go and get ready for our last parade. What a thrill - marching down the field to a band. The first time I had tears in my eyes. Am enclosing songs for the scrap book. Say hello to everyone - Webers - Fehy's - Doetsch's, Regans - Fischers, Colfers - Mrs. Bodesin. Just everyone until I get more time.

Love - Marcelle