April 7, 1942
L. G. H. Fort Devens.
We have been in the Army a week to-morrow! It seems as if we have been here forever.
Yesterday, I received your most welcome letter Mom, also one from Kit, she mentioned the lovely roses Ray sent her.
Priscilla and I expect to have a long day on the 22 April and we intend to dash home.
Later 8 p.m.
Last night I went with 35 other nurses into Boston Gardens on a chartered bus to see the big Kay Kyser show. We wore our uniforms (white) and we borrowed overseas caps and capes—from those who already had their Army uniforms. When we arrived there we had to march up on the stage and salute while the band played the Star Spangled Banner. It was a Charity show for the big Buddies Club that is being raised on Boston Common for the service men. We were first marching off the stage when Kay Kyser came out on the stage so we got a good look at him. Ish Kabbibel [sic] was there as was the Kollege of Musical Knowledge, etc. On the second stage opposite was Mickey Alpert and his orchestra who introduced George Jessel, Katherine Hepburn, Sophie Tucker and Benny Rubin. They were very good! The Gardens were full of music and jitterbugging sailors and soldiers—just packed. We never arrived here at Devens until 2 a.m. so we were pretty bushed when the bugle woke me up.
On Easter Sunday church was held in the recreation hall. A choir from the church on the corner in Cambridge sang “The Resurrection.”
The patients are nice boys—they come from all over the country. Of course, the southerners dislike New England—say the people are cold and inhospitable to them. It is true that the people around Ayer and Boston soak the poor fellows twice as much for everything. It is true around the country near any bases (military). Sad, isn’t it?
Love to you,
Pris and I will be coming home the 22nd.
Recommended CitationLaPalme, Marjorie, "Letter Written by Marjorie LaPalme to Ethel LaPalme dated April 7, 1942" (1942). LaPalme, Marjorie. Paper 2.