17 September 1943
3rd Gen. Disp.
Was so glad to hear from you again. Gosh! we miss you Child so hurry back. From your letter it sounds as though you are coming through with flying colors. No! Margie you mustn’t let them make a G.I. out of our little girl cause we don’t like G.I. nurses, do we? That is if they become like our friend.
Boy has she been working this past week. She is always busy and has been taking my place. Say kid ain’t she wonderful.
The enlisted men had a party last night. The officers and nurses decorated their mess hall, did the cooking and serving of their spirits and food. A good time was had my [sic] all and that includes the officers as well.
Their menu consisted of:
Steak, french fried onions, lettuce, cucumber, and tomato salad, English peas, french fried potatoes, olives and pickles, fruit cocktail, coffee, chocolate eclairs, and ice cream.
Drinks consisted of:
Scotch, rum, wine and beer.
The men are full of jabber this morning. They thought the officers were wonderful and several told me that there was nothing the officers could have done for them that would make them respect them more.
Surely do wish I could have been there with them but am still in bed and they say I must stay here until my cold is well. So I am expecting to get in another day or so.
Was supposed to have a date with Drum last night but of course I didn’t fill it. Am expecting him to call the 1st of the week.
Little Irene doesn’t like nights too well as you know but we have had right much fun since I’ve been in bed. She was quite busy last night and didn’t have a ward man until 11 p.m.
Wish you could have seen George, Johnnie Lewis, Ed Comer and Tommy Lide. Johnnie and George had to put Ed to bed as he had more than he could carry. They all were really cute and of course Jack was sober per usual.
Marjorie did you know that Irene and I won’t have to go to school. Isn’t that wonderful. I wish you could have missed it too.
Our uniforms are here and as we thought most are a poor fit. Do hope your [sic] won’t be too bad. Miss Taylor had to try to select your sizes as best she could otherwise you would have had to go to London to get them and to all the things are not here. The shoes are the main item missing. I don’t like them at all. Nothing about them looks smart to me and the caps look awful on me. Maybe I’ll feel different after I get used to them. I surely hope so. Ann Polchek was here Wed. in here [sic] new uniform and it looked very nice on her. She bought her shoes down town here. I have my doubts about getting a fit since I have such a long narrow foot.
Well my dear half of your sentence is over and may the latter part not be as long and tiring.
The best of luck pal. I’m in there pulling for [you] with all I’ve got. Hurry home the same sweet little Marjorie that went away.
Let me hear from you if you have a spare minute and are not too busy.
Recommended CitationBivens, Grace, "Letter Written by Grace Bivens to Marjorie LaPalme dated September 17, 1943" (1943). LaPalme, Marjorie. Paper 17.