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Letter from Marcelle Fisher to her parents, 1942

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Object ID: WV0253.4.002

Description: Fischer is at Drake University studying to be a specialist in army administration. She describes a typical, busy day and notes her class is the first to use Drake as a training site.

Creator: Marcelle K. Fischer

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

Collection: Marcelle Fischer Papers

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Full Text: Dear Folks -

Just a line now to let you know what has happened to me. I'm in Des Moines at the Drake University study [sic] to be a specialist in Army Administration. Quite some honor. The co. we were with - about 80 went as Air Warning Service to Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Richmond. Out of 150 there were only about 8 that were picked to go to college.

My new address for the next four weeks shall be: Aux Marcelle Fischer; 14th Co.- 2nd Regt; WAAC Training; phone 5-5781; Drake University; Des Monies, Iowa.

I have and am so busy I don't know where to turn. For instance - last thurs - after classes all day we had our party for the company - had just got in bed and asleep when we were all called up - 11:30 PM - The orders had come through for the bus to leave at 7 AM - So we all helped them pack - so no one got much sleep that night. Then we had 2 classes in the morning - 10:30 I went on K.P. duty and scrubbed all day for inspection the next day. Got home at 8:30 and found my orders were there and so 5 of us had to make 20 beds with new sheets, scrub the barracks and clean the latrines and be ready to leave the barracks at 8 AM. The lights were on till 11:00 PM. Then I had to get up at 5:00 and walk 11/2 miles to the consolidated mess to finish my K.P. I was excused at 7:00 - rushed that mile and a half home - finished getting dressed - made beds and finished cleaning up the barracks - and then left for Drake univ. - When we got there we are [sic] the first group to have this place for training so we had to start making beds again from mattress cover out, carry in our luggage and foot lockers and then unpack. So I'm dead - will write more later.

Our schooling is extremely intensive from 6 AM until 7 every night. So shall have to keep my nose to the grind stone. Tell Ike she can come out some weekend now cause I shall have them free.

Well, must go to church now. Love to all - I hope everyone is well now. Tell Skippy he is still my sweetheart. Oh the cookies we [sic] wonderful - we eat [sic] them Fri - when we rested from scrubbing.

Love, Marcelle