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 Letter to Mrs. Lovell [4/29/03]

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Our Unit had only {a hand full of} a few E-4's & below. Consiquently [sic] they pulled a lot of KP or Guard duty. Anyway we had a Lt. & a PVT both having husbands in the Area & in the same unit. Anyway I learned the Lt. was going to visit that unit. I went to TOP & asked if I could take PVT Weller's place at KP, {He said} explaining why I wanted to take her place so PVT Weller could go with Lt. & see her husband also. We were still waiting for the war to begin. TOP instructed me to find another E4 or below to take her place. I told him NO. We had too many Sgts just sitting around doing nothing while we [were] working our E-4 & b/low too hard. He said I can't have a E-5 working KP. I said let me worry about that. So he said OK. refer them to me if you have any Problems.

I went to Weller and told her to get her gear, go with Lt so she could see her husband. I then asked who was in charge of duty assignements for KP. An E-4 said I am, I said OK put me to work I'm taking PVT Weller's place. He said "I can't DO that." I can't order a Sgt around. By then my patients [sic] was running out. I removed my shirt with my rank threw it on the ground, and said so you see rank on the T-shirt & He said No. I said OK put me to work. Now at this time I'm thinking he'll give me an easy job: NOT TO Offend a SGT. He gave me *POTS* to *scrub*. But I felt good instead of guilty. I was doing something instead of watching our E-4's & b/low do all the work. What I think was great was PVT Weller upon her return came back to resume her duties. This says a lot for our troops. It was 2300 hrs she could very well have just gont to bed. Anywas [sic] I hope these stories will help. Ive had a difficult time for the past couple of months due to this War. I had it easy compaired [sic] to these wonderful Brave men & women. Especially the women. We expect our men to do great things during the War and they never disappoint us. But our women this time due to circumstances that were not forseen rose to the occasion and Did what all soldiers are trained to do.

Anyway Thank you for choosing me. I hope my little part will be worthy of this honor.

Sincerely,

Patricia Seawalt

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