Chinese employees at an airfield near Chungking give a helping hand to enlisted women of the first WAC detachment to arrive in the China Theatre. Following their trip over the ‘Hump’ these WACs were assigned for duty at a new Army Air Forces headquarters, recently established in Chungking under the command of Lt. Gen George E. Stratemeyer

With a job well done, the Air WACs prepare to leave US airfields in China – destination, USA. The prospects of home and loved ones will keep those happy smiles on their faces all the way

Air WACs in WWII with new 15th AF shoulder sleeve insignia

WASPs in classroom, Romulus Army Airfield, Michigan, 1944

It’s a WW-1 photo but it is a really good one. That why I am sharing it. Colors of National League for Women’s Service, Motor Corps of America, 1918

Army Nurses 1/Sgt Nancy E. Carter, 1/Sgt Esther Mae Nesbitt, and Pfc Margaret A. Wright read mail in France, 1944

Col Mary Agnes Hallaren (May 4, 1907 – February 13, 2005) was an American soldier, the director of the Women’s Army Corps at the time that it became a part of the United States Army. As the director of the WAC, she was the first woman to officially join the US Army. She also commanded the first women’s battalion to go overseas, and by 1945 commanded all WAC personnel in the European theater

WACs arrive for duty at the VIII Bomber Command in England, 27 July 1943

While Cpl Joe Vera of Chicago, Illinois, strikes up the music, civilian actress technicians go into their dance routine. L to R, Cpl Joe Vera, Shirley Albert, Worcester, Mass; Ruth Fischer, Pittsburg, Pa and Cpl James T. Hetzer, Huntington W.Va. Camp Suippes, France, 9/18/1945

WAC’s enjoy softball at bivouac area situated among ruins of Verdun, France. They are attached to the 12th Army Group, Group Detachment, WAC Detachment, November 1, 1944

As they push a mail-cart at Central Postal Directory, APO, 743, Vitry-sur-Seine, France, which is destined for redeployed soldiers back in the states, four WACs cross their fingers in hope that someday their own mail will follow them home. They are, L to R, T/Sgt Ethel A. Thompson, Stone St, Chaumont, New York; T/Sgt Blanche G. Jones, 338 Lancaster Ave, Richmond, Kentucky; Sgt Ina M. Anderson, Wilson Ave, Steubenville, Ohio and Sgt Sophia F. Kascak, 2847 E. 91st St, Cleveland, Ohio

Lt Patricia Basinger, surgical nurse of the 27th Evacuation Hospital in France, writes a few letters in her tent. 7th Army, Xertigny, France, November 7, 1944

View of eye, ear, nose, throat and Maxilo-facial ward of the 27th Evacuation Hospital in Xertigny, France, October 20, 1944

Women war correspondents, covering WACs and other branches of service in France, catch up on their work in the shade of the old apple tree, somewhere in France. L to R, Virginia Irwin, St Louis Post-Dispatch; Marjorie Avery, Detroit Free Press and Judy Barden, New York Sun. France, July 23, 1944

This group of Red Cross club mobile girls are busy cooking and eating their own chow upon arrival in France, where they will minister to GI’s. L to R, Helen Coffin, Providence, R.I; Jeri Jean Ford, Long Beach, Calif; Alice Niestockel, Akron, Ohio and Gertrude Bradbury, Schenectady, New Your. France, July 19, 1944

American Red Cross club mobile girls arriving in France find that there is quite a bit of heavy work to be done, such as unloading their equipment, but they dig into it cheerfully. The girls go up almost to the front lines, distributing doughnuts, coffee, and other comforts to the fighting men. France, July 19, 1944

These nurses, with the US 2nd Evacuation Hospital awaiting their turn for shower. France, July 24, 1944

Standing and supervising the work of these WAC switchboard operators in France is Sgt Agatha L. McDonald, St Andrews, Nova Scotia, the chief operator. Others are L to R, Pvt Donalda Campbell, Gowan, Mich; Pvt Betty J. Clark, Akron, Ohio; Cpl K. Ida Douglas, Cleveland, Ohio; Pfc Mary W. Whiteus, Conesville, Ohio; T/5 Teresa M. Gordon, New Orleans, La; and Pfc Eleanor Moyniban, Boston, Mass. France, August 9, 1944

Pvt Eleanor J. Gorman, daugther of Mrs Joseph Gorman, 28 Glen St, Glen Cove, L.I., New York, works at digging her foxhole; somewhere in France. Working on the camouflage, is T/5 Juantita R. Bond, daughter of Mr and Mrs Harry Theuret, 164 Flower St, Costa Mesa, Calif. August 7, 1944.

After eating chow in the field, WAC, Cpl Melba Weber, Chicago, Illinois, a member of the WAC detachments in France, cleans her messkits. August 4, 1944.

By listening to the victrola, these members of a WAC detachment relax after a busy day’s work somewhere in France, August 4, 1944

Pvt Claire A. Scigliano, 58 Austin St, Hyde Park, Mass, one opf the first WACs to arrive in France, offers French children gum and candy, August 7, 1944

USO also participated in WW-2. Dinah Shore autograpfs cast on wrist of Sgt Norman Garrell following performance for GI’s in Norther France. Garrell, Hollywood resident, had a part in one of Dinah Shore’s films. France September 13, 1944

Film star, Marlène Dietrich, entertaining from a group of GIs and WAC at the Headquarters, Third Army, somewxhere in France. Joey Faye, left, and Jerry Cummings, pianist, accompanied Miss Dietrich

Pfc Mildred I. Smith, Onerga, Illinois, works in the mapping section of the Engineers, checking every detail of maps used by the Army in the invasion of Germany. Hundreds of tons of maps are used. Francez, October 16, 1944. Engineer Intelligence Division


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