Jewish WACs

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THE WISCONSIN JEWISH CHRONICLE Jewish WACS (CaatiMe National Council of Jewish Women. In the course of her work there, she prepared many study outlines and study courses, authored several playlets, pamphlets, and reference books. The Council has granted her a leave of absence for the duration. Now that Laura is in the Navy, her father's house carries a service flag with three stars, one for Ensign Rapaport, one for her brother in. the Army and a third for her other brother in the Marines. The WAVES have acquired quite a few Jewish girl3 during the last few weeks. Sea-fever recently seized Ruth Marie Abram-son of Des Moines, Iowa, for one, and she enlisted as an apprentice seaman (or is it sea-woman) the other day. Ruth Marie had quite a struggle with herself before taking this step. It was difficult to leave her twin sister, Dorothy Jane Abramson. However, Ruth says that, "We knew we'd have to separate sometime, se we decided not to carry the twin idea too far. We have been close, but not to the exclusion of others." Ruth has left for Stillwater, Okla., where she is attending the Navy Yeoman School at Okla homa A. and M. College. She spent the time between her enlistment and departure by knitting for the United Nations. Dorothy works as a secretary in the .Solar Aircraft company in Des Moines. Their brother, Pvt. John Abramson, the only boy in the family, volunteered for service some time ago. The Abramsons, incidentally, have a military tradition to uphold. Pere Sam Abramson was a lieutenant in the infantry during the first World War. From Omaha, Neb., there's Miss Fannie Schwartz, of that city who also has enlisted in the WAVES. And this column knows of at least one New Yorker, Miss Ethel Mitzman, who has signed up for a training course with the WAVES in Indiana. Miss Mitzman, first girl employee of Gimbels Department Store to join the armed forces, was head of their Epicure Shop. She's angling for an appointment as store-keeper. With military records such as that of Deborah, the Biblical heroine who led the Jewish army to victory over the Philistines, to inspire them, Jewish women have flocked to recruiting centers and offered their services to the Women's Army Corps during the last few months. Statistics on the number of American Jewish women who now wear WAC khaki are still in preparation, but this column had its ear to the ground and can report authoritatively that several dozen damsels of Jewish faith are training at Des Moines, Iowa, right now. Others are on their way. Alongside of the Watsons and Merriweathers are Rosenbergs, Bayleys, Blumenthals and Korns in reassuring numbers. There is Mrs. Reva Blumenthal, for example, number 19 among officers chosen from the Detroit area. Her husband Edward is a lieutenant in the "Men's Army," serving on foreign duty. Reva was a lieutenant in the Army Nursing Corps at Fort Custer, Mich., when she married Edward seven months ago as he was about to sail. Marriage meant retirement from the nursing corps, but Reva moved to Detroit and found work in Herman Kiefer Hospital. The WACs, however, appeal more strongly to Mrs. Blumenthal's military spirit, although to look at her you'd never suspect it Reva appears more ingenue than soldier on the surface. After being sworn in at Detroit last month, Mrs. Blumenthal sent a brief telegram to her husband. "I'm in the Army, too," it said. She reports for training at Des Moines in October. Natalie Yates, whose husband, Capt. Jules David Yates, has been reported missing in action and WAVES from Fag 1) since the fall of Corregidor, is over at Fort Des Moines right now. Mrs. Yates used to be a clinical psychologist at a state hospital in Massachusetts. Now that she's in the WACs, she may get an opportunity to make use of her background in psychology by serving as an advisor to WAC applicants. Because she is the wife of a hero, Mrs. Yates has been pursued by cameramen and reporters ever since her enlistment. Mrs. Yates had been in the Philippines with her husband at the start of the war, and had an opportunity to observe the military in action there. WAC efficiency and equipment, she declares, compare well with what she saw in the Philippines. Since thousands of WACs are in and around Fort Des Moines, the USO is naturally in the picture with a new program of service to servicewomen. Mrs. Esther Green, representing the Jewish Welfare Board, arrived in Des Moines recently to cooperate with workers of the YWCA and NCCS Women's Division in setting up a USO program for the girls. The WACs are to have two regular USO recreational centers of their own, but while these are being built volunteers, serving in relays, are helping them out. These workers supply city maps and an swer questions about such typical WAC concerns as where to find a hair-dresser, or even where to play handball. In the new USO centers, which will vary somewh -.: from the clubs now in operation for men, they will find kitchen facilities where they can scare up "a little something" and a place for everything from letter writing to hairpins. WAC members of the Jewish faith- who recently received commissions as Third Officers upon their graduation from the first Officer Candidate Class of the Women's Army Corps are: 1st Company, 1st Regiment: Miss Ruth S. Ginns, Fhiladephia; Miss Jean M. Korn, Philadelphia. 2nd Company, 1st Regiment: Mrs. Beatrice B. Berg, Philadelphia; Miss Carolyne B. Casper, Philadelphia. 3rd Company, 1st Regiment: Miss Rita A. Fink, Buffalo; Miss Kathryne B. Goldfluss, New York City; Miss Bee G. Rosenberg, Chicago; Miss Rose F. Ross, New York, N. Y.; Miss Ruth Spivak, Chicago; Miss Joan R. Strongin, Far Rockaway, N. Y. 4th Company, 1st Regiment: Mrs. Isabelle Baley, Buffalo; Miss Elizabeth Morganstern, Seattle, Wash. Esther Green reports from Des Moines that Miss Rita Fink, of the above group, has left for Fort Riley, Kansas, to attend the army school for cooks and bakers which opened there September 6. On completing her training at Fort Riley, Miss Fink will be full-fledged Mess Officer for the WACs. Miss Green also has discovered two Jewish women in the WAC band, who arrived in Des Moines just a few minutes ago. They are Miriam Stiflitz and Ruth Steiner, both New Yorkers, neither of whom will reveal which instrument she plays. (Coypright, 1943). A Very Happy New Year! OTT PHARMACY E. W. ROCKWOOD, Prop. WE DELIVER 501 E. SILVER SPRING DR. EDgewood 9890 the have lessons the radio's not interpret day is the speakers who providing radio menace head. and altered to a long-range for ADL's department, the Unfair scurrilous allegedly draft against ads, agencies are by

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  1. The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle,
  2. 01 Oct 1943, Fri,
  3. Page 34

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