The Ogden Standard-Examiner from Ogden, Utah on August 22, 1943 · Page 11
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SUNDAY MORNINS, AUGUST 22, 1943 THE O6DEN STANDARD-EXAMINER 11- A WACsin Africa Prove Selves Good Soldiers Women Doing Man-Sized Tasks Abroad By KEA Service ALGIERS, Aug. 21-- North Africa is a long way from home, but the WACs have f o u n d their place here and are doin* a man-sized job, even though they don't pack guns and sleep in foxholes. The first WAC commended for gallantry under f i r e was Pfc. Mary L. Taylor, of Lake Charles, La a typist for the North African economic board. Pfc. Taylor was on her way home in a blackout, | when enemy planes rained bombs on the streets. A special service officer in an anti-aircraft outfit, Lieut. Ernest R. Mayfield, yelled at her to take cover, but as they ran a piece of shrapnel plowed through the calf of Lieut. May- j field's leg. I Pfc. Taylor took one quick look and applied s o m e cool-headed first aid. Then she and the lieutenant's driver drove 20 miles in a jeep with a flat tire to a first aid station. The WAC never said a word about the incident, which j would have b e e n forgotten if } Lieutenant Mayfield hadn't turned in a report when he was released from the hospital. W h e n questioned by her astonished friends, Pfc. Taylor shrugged her shoulders and said, "I just got caught in a blackout." Like Mary Taylor, the WACs in North A f r i c a -- there are 195 of them stationed in Algiers -whether driving a jeep, working as typists, switchboard operators, cable clerks, teletype operators, or draftsmen, are all good soldiers. The WAC with an -especially in- New Indoor Camouflage WACs Hailed As Answer To the Axis Total Effort Is Needed to Win Total War The swiftly growing women's army corps was hailed today as "American women's answer to the axis," by Lieutenant Marjorie Lyon, Ogden WAC recruiter. "American women are beginning to realize that total war means total effort and that only total war will win," she said. "And because the WAC offers an opportunity for women to devote all of their time and all of their efforts for victory, it is attracting more and more of them every day." She pointed out that the response the idea of the WAC has been so great on the part of American women that the corps now has four large training centers throughout the 0 country. It started with only ,YinnFRVI7Fn \ V \ I 1 S . . . No painters or paperhangers available r ' Tli?n c«, o u f l a R p your "'alls yourself with a fabric panel ar. i u i i , d ; like the one pictured U ou hav, a ' uli Sail, it is simple to brighten it up by at- inJ the panel with a slide fastener (WPPB is permittm* ms d nrocluc-tion now) or with decorator tacks that can be con,1 «^h overs".e fabric-coverrd buttons. Your local sewing center v 11 show you how to make the buttons in a jiffy. They mamta.n 1 notion's department as ,mrt of their war-time budget lessons m sewing. teresting job is Sgt. Nan Rae, ^ l ^ O l i ' l f ) J«« - -- -- O -· · a former New York stenographer who has been assigned to stenographic work with General Eisenhower. Nan was an auxiliary when she landed in North Africa, but now she is a sergeant, working hard from eight-thirty a. m. to six and sometimes ten p. m. Two WAC jeep drivers act as chauffeurs for General Eisenhower's, staff officers. All the girl drivers, don fatigue clothes and do their own dirty work when their buggies get dry or dusty, or need -- -~ u One The would answer to that question en's army auxiliary a new tire or. grease job . driver, Pfc. Mary Helen Lovell of Curtis,. Ohio, used to be a, short , order cook. "I don't see vAy we ' can't do more night driving," Mary laments "Of course we are not allowed to carry arms. All I have ; milestone in the WAC S brief is this GI billy club." The girls, the first WAC company to arrive overseas, are quartered a few miles from town in an old, poppy-covered convent which they share with several nuns and WACS Officially Part of Army On September 1 Ever Increasing Number in AH Types of Jobs Oh-September 1. 1943, the worn-' O f d i f f e r e n t assignments -and per- en', army corps w iH o f f i c i a l l y ^\TM%*TM«^£TM£^ come an integral part of the United : lhose jobs States army superseding the worn- | Originally 'the WAC performed only clerical, communication, cook- one. In addition, she said, large numbers of WACs are now being sent to advanced schools, already established by the army for itself, for specialized training, and to selected colleges and civilian technical schools as well. "Just as the facilities for training WACs to take their positions in noncombatant duty with the army have been increased, so has the demand for the services of trained WACs been increased by army commanders," Lieut. Lyon added. "The WAC actually is finding it d i f f i c u l t to fill all of the requests to take over technical and specialized duties so that army commanders may be able to count upon more men for combat duty. "Besides, many commanders have found that some of the tasks which have to be done, can actually be performed better by women of the WAC than by the soldiers under t h e i r command." L i e u t e n a n t Lyon said that this ..^c- j · i demand for WACs to work with What sort of jobs do \YACS do :n the armV] now t n a t tne women s the a r m y ? army corps has become firmly es- Technicians in WACs Making Good With Army Women technicians of the women's army corps are making good with the U. S. army, according to Lieut. Marjorie Lyon, Ogden WAC recruiter. "There are many interesting and useful duties f o r . women in the women's army corps," Lieut. Lyon said. "The WAC has proven that women can do most types of work as well as men. This especially applies to technical duties, like those of the WACs who are helping to 'get the message through' with the army's signal corps." Prospective members of the WAC do not need special skills in order to enroll, for the WAC maintains a series of schools, in connection with the army, at which women are trained to be specialists. After enrolling in the corps as an auxiliary, the WAC is given four weeks of basic training. She is taught orientation, drill and physical training, military sanitation, mess management, map reading, defense against chemical attack, and other necessary military knowledge. Women who already possess special skills the army needs, go directly from basic training to their duties at army stations. Some of the work which the army has asked WACs to do is accountancy, bookkeeping, and dozens of other duties. If the WAC does not possess special skill or knowledge, at the | completion of basic training, she is given a series of aptitude tests to determine the type of work she will be best fitted for. According ; to the results of these tests, she ' may be sent to a school. These schools include at present administration, motor transport, bakers and cooks, communications, radio, and others. "WAC training stations are training thousands of new members i every day, helping them to find I the place where they can be of '· most use in the war," Lieut. Lyon ! said. "The women of the WAC are 1 offered an active, interesting, and | necessary part in the fight for | victory." Lieut Lyon invited women between the ages of 21 and 44, inclusive, who desire further information, to stop in at her office, 202 Federal building, for full particulars about the WAC and the work it is doing. WAC Recipe From the publication, WAC Bulletin comes the following "recipe for a WAC": "Take one enrolled member, slightly green. Stir from bed at an early hour. Soak in shower or tub daily. Dress in olive drab. Mix with others of her kind. "Grate on sergeants' nerves, toughen with physical training, add liberal portions of baked beans and roast beef. Season with wind, rain and, snow. Sweeten from time to time with chocolate bars. "Bake in 100-degree temperature summer and let cool in below zero winter. Opportunities in WACs Are Cited Because of the women's army : corps is expanding so rapidly, new WAC enrollees have excellent opportunities to receive commissions as officers, according to Lieutenant Marjorie Lyon, Ogden recruiter. Every girl who joins the WAC has an equal chance to become an officer, Lieutenant Lyon said. No college degree is required--all that is necessary is for an cnrollee to satisfactorily complete her basic training. No woman is given an outright commission in the WAC under the j present program. Women who are qualified to bo officers in the WAC are sent to an officer candidate school for special training. A number of Ogden women are now officers in the WAC. earning their commissions by graduating from officer candidate schools. Women who desire to take the first steps toward a commission in the WAC are invited to apply at the Ogden recruiting station, room 202 federal building, for f u r t h e r information. that I took your advice myself. Tv« enrolled, passed my tests, and today I am a WAC." Her name is Mrs. Bennett Kilpack, the actor's wife. Non-Combat Jobs Are Filled Bv WAC Enrolees Ex-Iowans Face Iowa IOWA CITY, Iowa (UP) -- Two former Iowa gridders, Halfback Sam Vacant; and Tackle John Staak, will be looking at the Hawk- eyes from the other side of the line of scrimmage this fall. They are marine reserves and have been sent to Purdue, which faces Iowa Oct. 23. Radio Recruits WAC Inspired by the voice coming from her radio, a recent recruit in the women's army corps gives the credit for her enrollment to Bennett Kilpack. who play.s the part of Mr. Keen, tracer of lost, persons. in the CBS radio serial of that ! name. | Listening to a recent program in I which Bennett Killpack as Mr. Keen advised a young woman to enroll in the WAC, she was so 'm- I pressed by the idea that she told Kilpack later: "What you said last week about the importance of becoming a WAC was so convincing New Hair Makeup Is Brush, Crayon Combined When men ask "Who Is that lovely creature?" you know that SHE is the woman you want to be. Loveliness is not cunning magic. It comes from care. Summer is here and if you have a vacation ticket to somewhere, don't let it catch you napping. The call of the great outdoors v.-ill lure you into the fashionable game of sunshine adventuring. 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Cll 111.7 v , w t £ J i i -' tablished. is the reason why shells lon-r lists of the urging the'women of Ogden to in- manv non-combat "jobs that are | vestigate the opportunities offered accomplished in the army today, for them by t h e C orp* I K « WAP h n = t a k e n over h u n d r e d s mere a r t manj wo » den who will want to enroll in tne WAC when they learn what they can do. and what opportunities are offered to them," she said. "If they will come to me. I'll be glad to give them the full story." TM«i. ·----- -*·«- ----- , Qf t h c i r v a r i c d s k m s a nd devotion Q c r var torv for it demonstrates that the , to d u t y , the members of the corps J . . I _ . - _ i _ i - ~r r ] n : n ~ ^ -tiM/^^r va- women who pioneered this movement have achieved success in their undertaking and that women have an important place in the army. In the short space of one year, they snare wun SL-VUIO.! nuno ».-- In t n c s n 0 rt space or one year, French refugee children. The nuns i tens Qf t h o u s a n d s o f women have get along well with the WACs, | v o i u n t e e r o ( j selflessly and earnestly ... n »i r ; n n- fr». thorn in the kitchen . _ * U A ; _ ,, rt ,,nt-,-,f in f-Vio WAH. i |£t t e**u»*£» ,.~.- . . _ , _ _ working for them in the kitchen and doing their laundry. The money that they earn goes into a church charity fund. The only males permitted near the place are the MP guards, one during the day and two at night. The WACs use mosquito netting over their GI cots, .hospital bunks, or beds donated by the nuns, and sleep in GI pajamas -blue 'and white checks in winter, peach or blue seersucker in summer. Elaine Olmstead of Phoenix, Ariz., former. physical education instructor, with five brothers in the army, is first sergeant of the company. Sgt. Olmstend blows the whistle at six in the morning. Lieut. Margaret Janeway, a New I York .doctor, makes daily inspections. If the girls get gigged for oversleeping or for failing to make their beds according to regulations, they are confined to quarters for two weeks. Unlike most o t h e r GI's. the WACs here praise thcir cooks, who not only fix the regular chow temptingly, but occasionally produce such miracles as apple pie, doughnuts, butterscotch pudding and sometimes -- even ice cream. Once a week Sgt. Ann Bradley of Philadelphia opens up the PX to sell candy, cigarets, toilet articles and recreational equipment to the girls. were capable of doing a wider variety of army jobs. Now the WAC is competently f i l l i n g more than 200 of these jobs in over 300 army posts in this c o u n t r y and abroad. WACS serve with the army air Doctor Collects Cards Announcing Babies CHICAGO. Au 21 (UP)--Dr. Morris Fishbcin, of the American Medical association, probably is the world's only collector of odd and amusing birth announcements. Proud parents usually send birth volunteered selflessly and carnesuy VVAUO s,i;iv. w.«. _.-- ^--j --- p rou d parents usually sena oirui to serve their country in the WAC. j forces, the army service forces, and a n n o u n c e m e n t s to the obstertri- According to the statement of top- I the army ground .orces in all sorts dc]iver their babies . ranking army men, they have per- of jobs, ranging from dental tech . f r Q m ^ ovej . the country , h ·· _:..:-_ Lo interpreter, from typist , ' Mother Said Proud Of WAC Daughter Mrs. Ioris C. Standlee of Lindsay Calif., is justifiably proud of her'' daughter, Doris Standlee Campbell of the women's army corps, and gives as the three reasons her daughter 'gave for enrolling in the WAC: «'FJrst--I have a husband on a merchant ship on the Pacific, "Second--I have a brother In a submarine in the Pacific. "Third--1 want to help the men I love win the war. So that my brother'? future children, and mine, will have a home to love and formed ably and well. A t r u e measure of their performance has been the demand for more and more WACS to fill ever increasing numbers and types of Under provisions of the bill making the WAC an actual part of the army, the age limits have been changed so that women between t the ages of 20 and 50. inclusive, who i chani meet other requirements may now enlist. The size of the corps is now unrestricted, whereas bcfo.re this important change it -was limited to 150,000. Various branches of the army have made requests for some 500,0"00. Present membership is nearly 100.000. Another change made' by the legislation is WAC officers may take on operational duties, whereas only command and administrative duties were allowed under the WAAC. Under thc .new law. a WAC is eligible for the same benefits, privileges and pensions as male members of the army with the exception that she is not covered by the soldiers' allotment act. The same military discipline will apply to the WAC for infractions of regulations. . The free mail privilege is to be extended to the corps under the new law as well, according to Lieut. Marjorie Lyon, Ogden recruiting station commander. Recognition that women can play a vital part in the winning of the ·war by serving with the army has resulted in this change, which makes the WAC an integral part of , the army. to staff car c h a u f f e u r . ,,,v doctors forward the cards to Fishbein. He already has more than , , relations work, link trainer instructor, chemist, photographer, . .,,,,.,., -~- -· , r . ,. . f .-i._ r i s n o e i M . jnc anco.uj u Included in this large list of jobs ; OQO n ' his co i le ction. are such assignments as medical · · supply officer, classification specialists, personnel technician, pub- orator, teletype operator, airplane armorer, welder, shoe repairman, parachute repairman, accountant, scrucior, c M u m t ^ L , ^n^i.vi^^^-t'^^^1 pcuctvn-- *~*-- · . motion picture projectionist, drafts- cashier cryptographer .tenogra- man. meterol'ogist, air .forces me- pher, dietitian, commissary stew radio repairman, radio op- ard, and many, many other joba._ O A L Women are serving, too. ·a .country in which to Kve, learn and worship." 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