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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Letter from Charlotte Schuck to her family, 1944

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Object ID: WV0203.4.009

Description: Charlotte Schuck writes of seeing a movie, bemoans the fact that she hasn’t had a permanent in nine months, talks about her job of calculating servicemen’s points for discharge, and describes a new system she has for simplifying the current procedure. She and a friend have been appointed as court reporters, a duty she does not look forward to.

Creator: Charlotte Lavone Schuck

Biographical Info: Charlotte Lavone Schuck of Cleveland, Ohio, was stationed in Bronx, New York, San Francisco, and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as a member of the U.S. Navy WAVES from 1943 to 1945.

Collection: Charlotte Lavone Schuck 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: Dearest Mother, Daddy, and Babsy,

How are you all this evening? If it were Saturday, I'd suppose you were still up, but not on Wednesday, unless, perhaps you are, Mom, at the switchboard. I haven't received any mail for several days. Very little is coming for anyone. This evening I saw the most wonderful movie - "Rhapsody in Blue," the life George Gershwin. He composed so many beautiful songs. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it left me in a very sad mood. Have you seen the picture? If not, you should, really. Eddie and I went to the early show on the base. Yes, I had a date with Eddie and she had a date with Charlie, ha! I was a long show - about 2 1/2 hours, so I'm glad we went to the first show. Now as soon as I tell you all the dope, I'll shower, put up my hair, and hit the sack. I've tried wearing my hair with a forward roll over my forehead resembling bangs, and it doesn't look half bad. But sometimes it just won't go that way. It's been 9 months now since I've had a permanent, so you know I haven't any left, but I must be faithful every night and use those danged old bobby pins. Sometime I could just about cuss when I'm so tired, that I can't just flop and forget about my appearance.

I hear a few of the girls making merry over how many points they've figured for themselves. Evidently the forms on which I cut a stencil this morning and had run off on the mimeo-graph, have been distributed to their department. I'm responsible for submitting a monthly report to the Commandant of the Fourteenth Naval District on all enlisted personnel attached to this Naval Air Station who have sufficient points to make them eligible for discharge. So without the help of the individuals themselves, it's rather difficult to figure 520 persons' points from their service records, and hope that your calculations are correct. After all, I'd hate to be depriving some poor fellow of the chance to get back home say a month earlier just on account of an error in computing his points for discharge. I've made several reports, but yesterday I told Chief of the idea I had distributing a blank form to be filled out by each individual, and he in turn went to Lt. Comdr. Smith, and it was approved, so I hope it simplifies matters. Lt. (j.g.) Henderson, a naval flier, who is relieving Mr. Smith as Personnel officer, didn't think much of it when I told him about it first. Kathy and I have really been plenty busy today. Dottie Starnes went on leave this morning so that cut our office force down to 2, and to top everything, Chief gave each of us a summary court martial. I mean we are reporters on the court. These bad boys around here! I wish they'd start being good. The skipper we have now doesn't fool with them. Hardly any one gets anything less than a summary, and gosh, there's enough work for all us yeomen besides being reporters. It takes a good deal of time typing up the proceedings, etc., and I don't much care for legal work, either. Gee, I hope you don't mind my signing off now. I'll be back shortly.

Oodles of loves and kisses to you all from your loving Char