Shirley M. Tillson Letters, 1945 | Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives
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Scope and Contents: Letters, chiefly from Port Blakely, Washington, document Tillson's daily life with the WAVES. Subjects include her dates and social activities, particularly the USO (United Service Organization), a Women's Service Club, dances, and athletics; her family; the status of the war, including the death of Franklin Roosevelt and the German surrender; WAVES uniforms and uniform regulations; and her work as a radio operator. Tillson writes in detail about the opportunities the navy provides and about how difficult it is for sailors and soldiers to return to civilian life while on leave. She also tells the story of a young woman who punched a sailor when he criticized her for joining the navy.