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Letter from Catherine Katopes to friend Ginny, 1944

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Object ID: WV0122.4.012

Description: Katopes talks of the Army shifting people to various countries and hopes for a good assignment for her friend. She provides a list of folks assigned to a base in Florida, mentions several that have received overseas assignments, and mentions rumors that all personnel at her base will soon be moved as well. She writes of the new club being constructed, and looks forward to it serving more than just beer, Coke-Cola, and ice cream.

Creator: Catherine Katopes

Biographical Info:

Catherine G. Katopes (1912-1979) served in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps and the Women's Army Corps from 1942 to late 1945.

Collection: Catherine G. Katopes Papers

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Full Text:

Dear Ginny:

It doesn't seem possible that a month has gone by since I received your letter but it has. So K.P. wasn't so good, eh? I can't blame you for not liking it....anyone who does would really need to see Major Paster.

Lots has happened since you left. For one thing we, Lee and I, believe you are in New Guinea. And it was so nice your meeting up with her pal. You could hear Lee groaning at not being in your shoes. You know that would really be something. Let Lee take your place and you come back and let us ship you out again so that you might have another chance at getting to England. Still if I were you, I wouldn't give it up as hopeless. The way the Army shifts one around, you might yet land in England or your friends in England or France might land where you are....it's a small world.

Mary Lindenberger, Terry Clark, Milly Combs, Helen Fahrion, Red Donaldson, Perry, Pasternacki, Riley, Stafford, Ruby Rogers, Whitner, Ann Hochstad, Rome and a couple of others, all went to Miami Beach Florida to a Wac Det[atchment] there at an AG & SF Redistribution Station. What a break for those kids. How I hated to see them go. What a fuss some of the officers made at pulling these Wacs... in fact Major Myers told Lt. Varley that on Monday afternoon they didn't do a spec of work up there except to refuse to take the Wacs off these orders. It really was terrific. Captain Rosen tried so hard to get Fahrion off. And Captain Anderson said that he couldn't get anyone to replace Rome, that a man just couldn't do all she did.

Rumors are flying about that we may all be pulled out of here....even I feel that it may be true. I wouldn't mine a bit moving on. Nine months is too long to stay in one place in the Army, n'est ce pas?

We only have 94 Wacs now, which number includes on Wac on the way to join our outfit. Joan Hedley, Mabius and Powell will be leaving soon. I guess most outfits are going in your direction.

Lutzey wants so much to go to France and it finally dawned on me that perhaps she should write a letter requesting transfer to the ETO. It went up to headquarters today and I am anxious to see what comes of it.

The club is coming along just fine and it is nice to have the place to go to; however, I do wish they would hurry up and sell good sandwiches because I just do not like to go there and drink cokes, one after another. Though I will admit I had a nicely spiked one one evening. I don't like beer and I can't see how people can drink bottle after bottle of it....I like ice cream but I don't sit down and eat a gallon of it all in one evening...not that I couldn't I suppose.

It is still hot here...Penny and Lutzey are doing fine in the Supply Office. Had a letter from Szabo from Ft. Oglethorpe and she seems to have found a niche for herself. She wasn't very happy there at first but now she has herself a pal and she likes her officers so I guess she will be quite content. She doesn't want overseas now...must be that the boy friend is back from overseas.

I think you know that Bronk and Dutcher finally got overseas orders....they were so happy and excited....especially Dutcher. I don't believe she knew what she was doing from the day she heard she was on orders.

Getting to bottom of page, so so long for now. My best to the rest of the gals I know that may be with you.

Love, Kay