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Letter from Mary Cugini Necko to her sister Dena, January 27, 1945

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Object ID: WV0094.4.004


Creator: Mary Cugini Necko

Biographical Info: Mary Cugini Necko (1924-2009) of Brighton, Massachusetts, served in the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve from November 1944 to May 1946.

Collection: Mary Cugini Necko Papers

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January 27 – 45

Saturday night

9 p.m

ans[answered] 1 – 31 – 45

Hello Dena,

Now that I have a moment to spare – and no kidding, this is the first time I had a chance to write since last Wednesday.

Tonight I did my washing at the laundry, so I'll iron tomorrow after church. We went into uniform Thursday. What a difference it made on all of us. The girls look wonderful. They look swell when they are all in platoon formation. Boy! what a beautiful sight and nice looking figures.

Whenever we have physical training, we do each exercise to the count of 32 – and they get harder every day – the class is 45 min.[minutes] long. These exercises certainly streamline our figures. My legs have nice muscles in them now. Yesterday, a girl actually passed out while exercising, and so would you if you do what we do.

We had our shots again today, and my hand & arm is sore from it. I'm rugged though and can take it. If you, well, mostly Virginia, would get this working out, you'd certainly be a changed girl. It's a great thing to go through and it makes you feel swell to know you can take it. Virginia is one person I'd love to see get in the Marine Corp[s]. (My hand is cramped from the shots.) Two girls in my platoon fainted today too.

We had our captain's inspection this morning. We stand at attention and the Major looks around the squadroom. When she got to me – she looked me up & down – turned to our Sgt[Sergeant] and said "She is a very neat looking girl." Along came Lt.[Lieutenant] Boling. She looked at my feet and read me off because my feet were not at a 45°[degree] angle. So you see, that's what the Marine Corp is – a very highly disciplined organization. That's why a Marine is so proud and full of pride – with a training like this, who wouldn't be. I could write on for hours[.] when I get home remind me to let you in on a few things, especially on personal hygiene. They teach you everything you can think of. A doctor gives us lectures on that – and they tell you all – forgetting nothing. If I tried to tell you it would sound vulgar because we use medical terms.

Well, Dena, don't get too tired or work too hard. Have some enjoyment in life but in a good way.

It burns me up to hear how Virginia is treating you but take it easy. She is very definitely sticking her sweet self out for trouble and she'll be sorry for it some day. Leave her alone, and keep me posted. Just go with Anita because you both have the right slant on life and that's what counts. Honestly, imagine him loving her! I wouldn't mind if he were cute like Hollis[?] but he hasn't even got character. She likes his "lovings" and kid, that's bad business, because life isn't just for lovings – It's to love, learn and to have someone who talks, thing thinks and lives the same as you do. Please remember that. Dena you have a lot of common sense, use it – and always look at a problem from all angles. In a way I'm glad you didn't marry Hollis because you aren't meant for one another. He's married – Pierce is as good as married – and Dena you deserve a fine, decent fellow, worthy of your perfect love.

The priest told us here in church that a chaplin's job is to keep us all clean, splendid, boys & girls, as when we left home. And to marry someone who has lived your kind of life and someone from home.

So you miss Johnny – Hey! now wait a minute, was that a misprint. Well, I miss Leonard too. More than I say. It's because you can talk to them, go out and have clean fun, you don't have to worry about those damn lines they give. So hold onto him. He's one fine fellow, you & I will probably have a double wedding huh! (Don't tell Ginny this)

Yes, I receive mail here, but not as much as I did at home. I don't have time to write[.] Besides I told the fellows to send my mail home.

I hear from Blanda & Jerry Capobeaneo[?]. But not so much. Ruthie writes often, Gee! She's swell & I like her. But I'm very much disappointed in Virginia. She's not in love – Baloney She just wants something to remind herself about love affairs.

You know they put "salt peds[?]" in our food, as they do for the fellows? No wonder I don't care to go out –(Kidding) Anyway, a girl in the service deserves a lot of credit because she's doing a grand job.

These fellows who hate girls in the service – are fellows who help give the girls a bad name and they are the ones who know. For instance Pierce & Sneller[?] and [a] few more. A uniform doesn't make you do wrong – if you weaken – it proves that you are worthless and no one, or thing is to blame fir it, but themselves. So beware of a fellow who says "I don't give a darn" because they don't give a darn about you either.

I'll write again –

Oh! Is my arm ever sore

Excuse my writing

Love to all

GI Mary

Did you mail Leonard[']s braclet[sic]?