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Fort Hood’s WAAC/WAC News
Women Fill Vital Roles at Camp Hood

Editor’s note: This series of articles ran in the Hood Panther; Dec. 10, 1942, May 13, 1943, Aug. 12, 1943.

WAAC Company assigned here

One company of WAAC’s has been assigned to Camp Hood and will be moved in as soon as facilities are available, probably early in 1943.

The strength of a WAAC company is three officers and 228 auxiliaries who are all specialists such as clerks, librarians, dieticians, theater and service club staff members, hostess aides, receptionists, switchboard supervisors, cooks, housekeepers, etc..

Later a second company of WAACs will be assigned to North Camp.

Sunday marks first birthday of WAACs

Sunday will mark the first anniversary of the organization of the WAAC.

What kind of women are these which have joined the men in battle?

To obtain a composite picture of a WAAC, the Post Public Relations officer recently sent out questionnaires to all WAACS stationed at Camp Hood.

These disclosed this picture of a WAAC:

She may have been a stenographer, clerk, teacher, secretary or even a nurse.

She’s mostly single, although she may be married and her husband may be serving overseas.

Looking every part a soldier, she enrolled in the WAAC to take a more active war role; maybe to travel a bit.

With swimming and horseback riding first choices, she is a good athlete, knowing that physical fitness will help her in taking a man’s job with the Army.

No, she’s not interested in teas and luncheons, but she likes a dance with service men for company.

She has been specially trained at the WAAC center in Des Moines for clerical and administrative jobs, but she also cooks and supplies her own group.

She’s a South westerner for the most part, but may call Vermont or Oregon home.

Above all, the WAAC at Camp Hood is a soldier, intent on doing an efficient job.

Ceremonies make WAC of WAAC

Members of the 1848th Unit, Eight Service Command, WAAC, became members of the Women’s Army Corps in ceremonies at the Tank Destroyer Center Headquarters Monday afternoon.

“As an old soldier, I welcome you to our midst,” declared Maj. Gen. Orlando Ward, Commanding General of the Tank Destroyer Center, and veteran of the North African campaign.

A few minutes later Col. C. M. Thirlkeld, Camp Commander, administered the oath to the women as soldiers in the Army of the United States. The detachment, commanded by Second Officer Helen L. Dunlap, then passed in review before Gen. Ward and other officers of the TDC with music provided by the Second Tank Destroyer Band.

Officers of the WAAC are scheduled to receive their oaths here on Sept. 1.

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