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LGBT archive at USC preserves personal stories from a hidden past

LGBT archive at USC preserves personal stories from a hidden past

The paper is yellowed now, the penciled cursive fading, but the letters from the World War II Women's Army Corps servicewoman to her sweetheart are romantic as ever. Good morning, darling. I'm so very used to going to sleep watching you smoke that cigarette (if I'm not in your arms) that I couldn't sleep. It was 1944. The writer, a witty young "service gal" stationed in San Bernardino was in love — with another Army woman. It doesn't startle me at all, she wrote to her girlfriend, saying her mother would be shocked if she found out about them. I know that I need you and want you with me and nothing about it seems remarkable or different....

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