women’s army corps

Grandma was a soldier

My grandmother used to speak of how she served in the military during World War II. To a young child, you cannot imagine your sweet librarian grandma as a soldier. Well she was telling the truth and only now do I realize the importance of her actions taking pride in my grandmother’s war efforts.

During World War II, there was a Women’s Army Corps or WAC that was established in 1942 . My grandmother was one of these elite woman who served their country while the men were overseas. These women fulled vital roles in the military that often is overlooked .

Grandma Yuill 1943

Grandma Yuill 1943

My beautiful talented grandmother was one of 150, 000 women who enlisted in the Army (besides nurses) for the first time in history. Grandma was a cryptographer and end up stationed in Washington DC. She went through training in Kentucky and graduated on November 17, 1943.

Women's Army Corp Branch 6, Company B, 3589th Service Unit Graduation picture November 1943

Women’s Army Corps Branch 6, Company B, 3589th Service Unit Graduation picture November 1943

My grandmother saved the graduation program which lists the name and address of these brave women. I hope some of you find one of your brave grandmothers who really were trailblazers in women’s  rights.

Graduation of the 8th class of the WAC, 1943 Richmond Kentucky

Graduation of the 8th class of the WAC, 1943
Richmond Kentucky

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