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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Letter from Carol Goddard to her husband, 1944

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Object ID: WV0283.4.001

Description: Goddard writes to her husband about his accident and his recovery. She has two weeks of WAC basic training at Fort Des Moines left, and will see the Company Commander about where she will be relocated and if she will be sent home to Rapid City.

Creator: Caroline M. Case Goddard

Biographical Info: Carol M. Case Goddard served in the WAC from 1944-1945.

Collection: Carol Goddard 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:

Sunday Eve

3 - Dec. 44

2300 o'clock

My dearest Bertin -

I was so sorry to have that accident happen to you. I've been debating calling you, as I wrote, and I now I hear you're in bed, I am afraid to call and get you up. I keep wondering what you are getting to eat, and if Lena and Elton are doing enough so you can get along without going to the hospital. Getting a typewritten letter makes me think you're up some though you may do that in bed. I surely wished I was there to care for you darling. Are you sure you shouldn't be in the hospital? And that the Doctor is doing right by letting you remain at home? You are so sweet and lovable, to have you laid up makes me feel sick, too.

I was afraid, too, Elton or Lena would try to answer - wish I knew what to do, whether to call or not. I have only two more week of "basic" - I might get sent out there then so I'd get home week ends.

I intend to see the Company Commander Tuesday eve again and maybe I will know if I'm to be sent home (to RC) at end of basic or wait a week. I really think with me they'd rather get me going before X-mas than hold over, but one never knows. Anyway, once I get there, I'll call or something, so you know. Meantime keep writing here until you hear to the contrary for to miss getting your letters is awful. I love you with all my heart. I'm coming back to you just as clean and good as I left, dear, for I'm all yours and will always be yours. Don't worry for one second that I ever want anyone else or I'll ever be less a lady having been in the service. I've got something to fight for. You my darling! You are sweet, and such a honey. I was thinking today how affectionate you were - your kisses are so sweet, I'd like some now. Save them ALL for me. I'm selfish! I want everything kept for me. May God protect you and keep you safe, and bring us together soon.

Your own Wife Carol XOXOX