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Letter from Sammie M. Rice to Estelle Rice, 31 January 1943

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Object ID: WV0257.4.001

Description: Rice tells her sister of her arrival at her new base, but due to censorship cannot tell where she is stationed.

Creator: Sammie Rice

Biographical Info: Sammie Mae Rice (1913-2006) was among the first African American nurses to serve in an overseas theater during World War II.

Collection: Sammie M. Rice 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:

Somewhere in U.S.A. Jan.31, 1943

Dear Hun--

This is just to say that I have arrived safely at my new station. Due to the strict regulations of censorship it will be impossible to tell you where I am at anytime. But you will be happy to know that I am still in the U.S.A.

I am well and happy and enjoying my self [sic] very much. I have thought of you often and regreted [sic] I could not write you before now.

How are you? and what have you been doing. I hope you have not been ill, do please take good care of your self [sic] and write me as soon as you get this letter.

Remember me to all-- and write me to the address here on until I shall write to give you another.

Lots of love, Sammie

Be sure to write me addressed as below do not vary

Sammie M. Rice 2nd Lt. N-727505; 25th Station Hospital; A.P.O #601 c/o Postmaster; New York, N.Y.