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Personal Letter


Katherine Trickey; WWII

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Friday [August 24, 1945]

10.00 P.M.

Dear Folks,

I can’t seem to concentrate on anything tonight. We are in the process of moving tonight and everything is in an uproar. I didn’t move, but 16 girls moved out of my wing and three move[d] into it, so the confusion was there. It looks so dif[f]erent now. No double bunks. It makes the place seem bigger and airier. We are going to like it much better.

I have been around visiting all the wings and dropped in to the orderly room as one of my girls was on CQ and was also trying to move. She wanted a few minutes off, so I thought it would be a good time to write you.

It is still busy at the office, and I am trying to teach two of the girls the filing game and it is a chore. I worked till 6.30 last night and then decided I couldn’t work any longer. Drake and I went to the movies. We saw Nob Hill which was only fair. It was really funny last night. I stayed after quitting time as I said, so I missed mess and went to the service club to eat. You know that we don’t have to wear ties during the day, but that after retreat we do have to have them on. Well, I hadn’t been back to the barracks so of course, I didn’t have one. I got by the Service Club O.K.; no one said anything. I read there for about an hour and then Drake came in. We decided we wanted to go to the movies over at #3 which meant I had to take a bus and go through the Maine (sic) Gate. Well, I knew I couldn’t get off the post like that without a tie, but I didn’t want to walk clear to the barracks and back. We went over to the office to see if perchance some one was working late and had an extra tie around, but there was no one., and no tie. Just then we saw it lightening [lightning] off to the south of us, so I said that I would get my raincoat which I keep at the office and buttoning it up at [the] neck maybe I’d get by. Drake was afraid it might rain so she borrowed a raincoat also and we put them on – Hot – I thought we’d suffocate – really quite queer looking as we were the only ones with them on or even having raincoats. The M. P. never questioned us, and [we] got to the movie O.K. and even home again without getting caught.

I believe it would be a good idea if I took a tie to the office don’t you?

Marj and I are going to Perry tomorrow. She has the afternoon off, but I don’t; however I have Monday morning which is even better as it will give me two nights away from the barracks.

5 of the girls left today for separation centers on the 40 yr old plan. There were two bus loads of boys going too – mostly on the point system. It was the first group of any size that we have seen leave for home. It certainly seemed like the beginning of the end. I’m afraid it will be a long time before most of us are out, however.

It won’t be long now till I see you again. Date still uncertain however.

Much love to all of you,


I am enclosing a clipping Mrs Cox sent me from the Tilton NH Newspaper of VE Day.

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