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Letter from Marcelle Fisher to her parents, 1942

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Object ID: WV0253.4.003

Description: Fischer discusses learning how to code supplies, her Thanksgiving activities, applying for Officer Candidate School, the schedule of a typical day, and getting a weekend pass to come home, where she hopes to have her hair done.

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 -

Here I am in a class of Fiscal accounting and as I have had some of the work I shall try and drop you a line. We are learning to code supplies - such as WDQMC484P111-08 A0502/23 - Imagine assigned code like that! Well, I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving, I would have called only I didn't want to reverse charges as payday isn't here yet. I bought 2 text books that have cost about 3 dollars, so I'm conserving what little I have.

I got up at 6:30 Thanksgiving and washed all of my clothes while the water was hot, and then ironed it all before 11:30 - 3 shirts, 10 hankies, pajamas, 5 pr pants, girdle, and stockings - this is one of the few times I have to maintain myself. It had snowed the day before so we had a grand day - white, cold but sunshiny. We had a grand dinner, turkey and all the trimmings. After dinner I went out to the post to see my old commander who is leaving for Texas - then some of the old girls left here in Des Moines - (3 of us) went to the show and supper and then home to bed.

By the way what do you think of me trying for O.C. school? It will be very hard work - harder than now, but I guess I will try. It entails a lot of red tape and recommendations. By the way - If at all possible I shall come home on a weekend pass - (if you would like to have me.) This Sat. I shall have my last shot for another 3 weeks and I doubt whether I shall get home for Xmas in fact I expect by that time to be sent on active duty most anywhere so I though it would be nice if I saw you before I left. So if all goes good I shall arrive in Chgo. on Dec. Fri 4th at about 11 or 12 PM and will then have to leave Sun. What do you think?

If I do get a pass I would like to get a permanent do you suppose I could get that done too. I would also have to go downtown for some recommendations. If I go for O.C. School. Guess my life from now on is to be a merry go round. - let me know what you think? If you approve maybe Ike could call Eileen and see if she could fix my hair - or else Clara Noeson. Eileen lives on North Shore line - 2603 I think and the name is John Zahnen.

I hope everyone is well and Darlene and Carol is [sic] better. Tell Francis I wish him lots of luck and hope he enjoys his navy career as much as I like mine. Well the day is going by and this letter is probably very disconnected as I have to take up where I left off, every rest period.

This is approximately our day - Up at 6 - to dress and get ready for the day; 6:30 Revielle [sic] then in to make our beds and fix around our beds - shoes and trunks. Breakfast at 7-7:30. Then cleaning of barracks, latrines outside duty etc. 8 - fall in for class - 8:05 Procurement and fiscal actg. - 8:50 Administration till 10:40 - 10:40-11:40 Close Order Drill - then we march back to barracks and recieve [sic] orders - dinner at 12 - then mall - 12:50 - Class on Army Regulations, 1:45 - Supply 8, 9 till 3:40 - 3:45-4:30 Administration - then back to the barracks - then mail call and maybe squad meetings or some special detail - Supper - 5 - then another Study period from 6-7, then tonight we have special athletic class till 8 - so you can see I am busy. Then in your spare time you clean for inspections. Well I must close so I can go to the store after school and buy some more notebook paper and lead.

Write soon and let me know what you think I should do -

Love, Marcelle