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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: WV0283.4.005

Description: Goddard mentions her wedding anniversary and speaking to her husband on the phone. She discusses a visit from her parents, her father's health, and packages she received.

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:

26 Dec. 44

Fort Des Moines, Ia.

Dearest -

Today is our anniversary - the 8th. Little did we dream eight years ago that this country would be drawn into a world war, and I would be in the army, and you would be home alone. How thrilled I was to hear your voice the other night, and it rather sounded to me as though you were happy, too, just talking to your wifie.

I'm certainly anticipating the time we can be together again. I wished I knew when it would be, but all I can do is wait.

I'm at mail call, and two parcels just came for me - one from H.O. Harrington, and it looks like a box of cookies! The other is some Texas Pralines, but I don't who from till I open it. I'm waiting to do that in by my bed. I'm waiting for the letter you said you sent. I'm most anxious for it. Maybe there will be several for I've had none since last Tuesday when I got the short note with WAC enclosures I'd requested. The sun is bright today, and there is little snow on the ground - just icy hardened patches here and there which makes one watch while marching.

My parents were surely delighted to see me, and so was Esther and her family, and Aunt Edith. Dad isn't one bit well - he has failed since we last saw him. I was terribly startled, though Esther had warned me. Something is surely wrong. He's taking shots and some medicines but I think he's (mail for me but not your letter. It's one from Edith.) lacking in red corpuscles and his blood count is low. I talked to them about it, and wrote some more in regard to his condition. One thing he worried so about mother when she was sick after the golden wedding he went down himself. It's surely hard to see your parents failing and be so helpless to care for them.

I suggested vitamin pills, cod liver oil & a blood tonic, but all on advice of a doctor to build him up.

I just opened Edith's note - In it were two flat sachets for my clothes in cardboard. So spicy and nice! I'll smell sweet! And a dear note telling that a subscription to the Reader's Digest is to be sent to you there, and one to me in service! Isn't that wonderful? And thoughtful. She was home when I was there but was real sick with a migraine headache the day I left, poor thing - she does suffer so much with headaches and billious [sic] attacks.

Wish you were here to share these two boxes. Mary Higbee (my 3rd cousin in Chgo sent a box of "Dr. J Q" candy bars - 24 - Mars. I treated those who had me, and it went fast. They were fresh and so good. Being in service they can get priorities on things like that for gifts as my sub to the Digest is a service rate. No letter from you yet and mail call is over. Maybe I will tonight.

Your loving wifie, Carol