San Antonio Express from San Antonio, Texas on September 7, 1975 · Page 56
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San Antonio Express from San Antonio, Texas · Page 56

San Antonio, Texas
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Sunday, September 7, 1975
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al * òon Antonio tXFKtòb NfcWb —bundoy September 1 19/3 Military retirees inaction JU i ■}■ Æ - *«fv &* * m> i ' Ì %1 sf 4 , 4 I ! Ai ;¿u LT. COL DALY RUTH PULLIG, retired Army Colonel, torts slides token military tours PHOTO »Y BUSTER DEAN Dorothy Mullen raised a family of champions. The champion she contributed to San Antonio is Lt. Col., (ret.) Mary (Mel) Daly, U.S. Air Force. Col. Daly joined the Army Air Force in 1942 and sandwiched several tours of duty in San Antonio between those in various parts of the nation and even the world. She laughs that there were not enough clothes to go around, so the military gals of her day were issued breeches and boots, campaign hats, a la Smokey the Bear; four-buckle gaiters, men’s long overcoats, and galoshes that stuck in the mud so the new trainees found they often had stepped out of them. Col. Daly’s places of duty and titles were many, but she served about half her duty time as WAF commander or as adjutant to an all-male outfit. She got out of service before Korea came along, but was recalled in 1951 and was WAF squadron commander at Brooks AFB during 1951 and 1952. Her last three years in service were spent at Andrews AFB; and she retired out of Washington, D.C., from Headquarters Air Force Systems Command. While Col. Daly’s military years were very exciting, all her life has been exciting. She’s definitely one of those COL. PULLIG CAPÍ. KELLEHER “A security blanket” is a perfect name for Col. Mary Ruth Pullig (ret.) She is warm, charming, delightfully funny, extremely intelligent, and tuned in to everybody. She refers to herself as “the funny wheel who runs around behind everybody else flapping my elbows ... 1 am the chief and the Indian... my musical talents lie in playing the radio, and my favorite sport is eating. ” However, she is an admitted listener, and her listening makes people feel good. And that is what all her military service was about. The army nurse specialized in public health and community nursing for the military, and in the line of duty she touched the lives of whole families — not just military personnel, but their dependents as well. She has dealt with terminally ill patients, and through them with their dependents. And no matter what the situation, what she prescribes and doles out is Tender Loving Care. Col. Pullig sighs that over the years her work required a certain amount of paper work, but she stresses she is a people person, and much prefers to work with people than paper. She is a super patriot. Her car bears a tag reminding “America — None Better.” She is planning to have a little travel fun during the next year, but she admits that when she gets her household goods out of military storage and settles down that she plans to do volunteer work with the handicapped and the aged. She tells of varied assignments in the United States, of one in the Phillipines where she was “shot at a little,” and of one in Hawaii. The lady who says she is rich because she has friends, that she is happy because she is about to embark on a “go, see, and do” gypsy experience declares she has been so busy since retirement that she doesn’t know how she ever had time to work. “Every day I need a day extender,” she laughs. Marie Kelleher, vice president in charge of personnel at USAA, is so hep on the U.S. Navy that when she speaks out in her role as a member of the Navy recruitment advisory committee in this area, young women heed. She joined the Navy, she says in retrospect, because she’d grown up on the water. She laughs that she went in strictly as a war time pursuit and ended up staying 28 years and attaining the rank of Navy Captain. Because the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) did not have an OCS as such, she entered Midshipman’s School at Smith College and graduated as an Ensign. She vividly recalls learning to march in a foot of snow. The captain laughs that she joined the navy, but she certainly didn’t see the world. With the exception of a three and a half year assignment in San Diego, Calif., she spent all her navy time on the East coast. Most of her military years were spent in personnel work and computer backup for personnel work. She was assigned for nine years at different tasks in Washington, D.C. She laughs that her most unusual assignment was as public information officer for the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. She says that assignment was a perfect example of how military service presents a great opportunity to learn. The philosophy, the caDtain says, is to give a person a job and expect him or her to do it whether they have any basic experience or not. The only experience she had had to prepare her as an information officer was previous part-time work in which she sent out a newsletter to greenskeepers — of golf courses and cemeteries. When she isn’t working here, she’s trying to work in a little golf, swimming, horseback riding, sailing, and just plain exploring Texas. people who is going to live until she dies. As a student at the University of Iowa, she became the first woman drum major in the Big 10. She laughs that with the heavy baton usually wielded by a man and wearing the stiff Shako hat of a drum major, she “did the whole works.” Her pre-military career was with the media. She worked for the Los Angeles Times and was the first woman to sell outside advertising. For a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, radio station, she sold advertising, had a musical clock program, and was an announcer — even announcing a ball game once upon a time. At one point she worked for California author Lupton Wilkinson, who was the second American into Russia after the Revolution there. She assisted him in working on a special article about glamourous Hollywood stars. Her work included interviewing W.C. Fields, little Shirley Temple, and Carole Lombarde shortly before her death. Her days now are nearly as busy as they were when she owed X number of hours each day to Uncle Sam. She enjoys working in her yard, swimming in her pool, golfing and working up tournaments among friends, experimenting with yard and house plants, reading four or five books each week and working out on what she refers to as her “gut machine.” Her mother retired from the Central Intelligence Agency when she was 70. Her sister and brothers all served in the Navy during the war. Her sister Cynthia is in California now, as is her brother Jim, who has appeared in over 600 television shows. Her brother David is a retired FBI agent. JUNE VORCE, Lt. Col. Air Foi learned in Japan e, arranges ivy as she LT. COL. VORCE Lt. Col. (ret.) June Vorce found an unusual way to enter the Air Force. The native of McKeesport, Pa., was a health and physical education teacher when she heard of a new program for recruiting women into the WAFs. So in 1952 because she had a master’s degree and five years work experience, she found herself eligible to join the Air Force and become an instant first lieutenant. She did, and before she left home, she was sworn in and commissioned. The first stop for First Lieutenant June Vorce was Lackland Officers Basic Military Course. There followed another Texas assignment and two years in Japan in personnel work. MAJ. DOTTIE MOSES With the motivation to travel and get as far away as possible from her home in Huntington, W. Va., Maj. (ret) Dottie Moses joined the Air Force and was promptly ordered to Lackland AFB. After six years in training and education at Lackland, she decided she wanted to get away from there. The only way she knew to do that was to attend Officers Candidate School at Lackland. She did and was subsequently retooled in the personnel career field. There followed for her a tour in Florida, three years in Germany, two years in Alaska and four more in San Antonio. Maj. Moses says she never has regretted going to OCS, not only because it allowed her to get away from Lackland, but because it added more money to her coffers and permitted her to trade barrack life for a home of her choosing off base. (She likes to putter in the yard.) Maj. Moses remembers the striking outfit doled out to her by men when she entered the military. She was given olive drab skirts, men’s shirts complete with ties, and olive drab nylon slips which she says are still indestructable and which proved more useful for polishing shoes than anything. Maj. Moses retired in 1970 after 20 years of duty. She took two years off and a 6,000 mile trip — looking all the while for a place to settle. She says when she drove intoSan Antonio on IH-10, she knew she’d come home — that San Antonio was “it.” Consequently she moved into the Universal City office of a real estate firm and assumed secretarial and office work with the understanding that she could act as an agent for them at her desire. One thing she’ll never forget is when she hopped a ride home on a military plane. Leaving Scott AFB in Illinois, she was half asleep when the engines quit. She woke up quickly to discover that whoever was responsible for seeing the plane had been refueled had not. Gas in the reserve tanks got the plane safely to the ground, but Maj. Moses says she never told her mother of the incident. “She doesn’t think planes are here to stay,” she says. She says that’s where she wanted to stay a while and the Air Force agreed. In her off duty time she learned Japanese cooking from her maid and Ikebana flower arranging in a regular course. And if that were not fun enough, she was assigned to Air Force recruitment for four and a half years, covering New York, New Jersey, and all the New England states. Her primary job was to travel during the school year to talk to college girls about the opportunities offered them by the Air Force. “They were an exciting different four and a half years,” she recalls. Then she served a tour at Lackland, where she processed recruits. Only six or seven other women in the United States did this work. They had to get together annually to compare notes; and since they met in a different place each time, . more fun travel was provided. mm PHOTO BY JOSE BARRERA Involved in supervising career guidance while processing trainees, Col. Vorce realized that many of the young people did not know where they were going or. what they wanted to do. She decided back then that when she left the military she would go into counseling. But first she had a couple more exciting assignments.- As a part of security service, she was sent to Karamusel AFB, Turkey, as military, personnel manager for the base. Later she served a tour at Randolph AFB. After 20 years in service’ she retired as WAF staff director for the command. Entering Our Lady of the Lake College, she earned a master’s degree in guidance and counseling. She continued retooling herself and entered private business where she does family counseling, parent effectiveness training, teacher effectiveness training, and human effectiveness training for businesses. NATURAUZER. One shoe... but count the laoksf DOTTIE MOSES, Air Forca major Skirts...dresses...even pants look sensational with this braid-trimmed wedge! Don’t be suiprised when you find yourself wearing it everywhere... butter soft leather is such a joy to wear! 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