Women in the Armed Forces

Sunday, November 10, 2013

**These pictures were found last year after my Mom passed so I don't know their significance but where I found them and from what I know this is where she trained! (this is the officer who my Mom really liked too!

WAAC Capt. Charity Adams of Columbia, NC, who was commissioned from the first officer candidate class, and the first of her group to receive a commission, drills her company on the drill ground at the first WAAC Training Center, Fort Des Moines, Iowa

Marching to the music of a WAAC band, barely visible behind them, a company of WAACS passes in review before President Roosevelt during his visit to the Third WACC Training Center at Fort Oglethorpe, GA.

n addition to factory work and other home front jobs, some 350,000 women joined the Armed Services, serving at home and abroad. At the urging of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and women's groups, and impressed by the British use of women in service, General George Marshall supported the idea of introducing a women's service branch into the Army. In May 1942, Congress instituted the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps, later upgraded to the Women's Army Corps, which had full military status. Its members, known as WACs, worked in more than 200 non-combatant jobs stateside and in every theater of the war. By 1945, there were more than 100,000 WACs and 6,000 female officers.

My Mother served as a WAAC cook. After she completed basic training and her cooks school she was assigned to General Eisenhower and his accompanying MP's (this is where my Dad served and where he and my Mom met while in Italy) and served with him in Europe and Northern Africa as a WAC until discharged in April 1945 due becoming pregnant with me

Because of her assignment she was able to leave stateside early and serve overseas.

She achieved as high as as she could (Staff Sargent) and had she not have become pregnant was headed to officer training!

She was the oldest living female veteran when she passed at 97 in 2012 and was still active in the VFW and American Legions and reminded everybody she was a veteran not a member of the auxiliary! I have often wondered how many poppies she made in her lifetime!

I am really proud of my Mom and Dad for the service that they provided and on this veteran's weekend I just wanted to let them know.

WAAC and WAC time lines are from the women’s museum and History Channel!

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    I enjoyed reading about your mom and her service to our country.
    1627 days ago
    I really enjoyed the pictures and learning about your mom.

    My dad was a veteran of World War 2. He served in the Pacific.
    1627 days ago
  • BTRX71
    emoticon emoticon Thank you for sharing this piece of history. emoticon
    1627 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. You must be so proud of your parents and their service for our country.
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    1627 days ago
  • GABY1948
    And well you should be proud of them! We all should! Thanks for sharing!
    1627 days ago
    I'll volunteering be at the Intrepid Museum's Veteran's Day event tomorrow.
    Another interesting fact. Ships that size normally were built in about 4 years. The Intrepid was built in 17- 18 months. & a high percent of the workers were women as many men joined the service after Pearl Harbor.
    1627 days ago
    Very inspiring and you have good reason to be proud!
    Thanks for sharing!
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    1627 days ago
    Thanks for sharing.
    So good to be proud of our parents accomplishments.
    1627 days ago
    That changed women they learned they could do much. They wanted a part of it.They could do much
    1627 days ago
    These pictures are fantastic! Thanks you so much for sharing. We often forget how much women were a huge part of the war!
    1627 days ago
    Wow, Jean! What a powerful story! You've amazing parents and an lasting legacy to pass on to your children and grandchildren. I thank you so much for sharing it and the photos too.

    I first heard the term WAAC when reading the book "Coming home" by Rosemunde Pilcher. The book was about the life of a young girl just prior to the war, during and just after. She was a WAAC.

    Enjoy your day, my friend, and thanks for sharing. emoticon
    1627 days ago
  • AUNTB63
    Thank you for sharing this info with us. In our house we have never forgotten those who served our country so courageously and never will. We embrace this weekend with open arms. We still have some relatives serving in the military today. God bless them all.
    1627 days ago
    There is a story this morning in the Washington Post about the Women's Vietnam War Memorial. It took decades and a long, protracted fight to get that memorial.
    1627 days ago
    emoticon Thanks for sharing we need to remember everyone who served and is serving to protect our freedom,
    1627 days ago
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