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  1. 3 hours ago, jmar said:

    Hello Kat and Phil!

    Thanks Kat for the clarification, it's very helpful. Here is an enlargement of the "reason" for discharge. It could very well be that the memo referenced was for her to move from WAAC to WAC. I did notice that on the enlistment record from Ancestry she is listed as "Womens Army Corps".


    Thank you for your interest and insight!


    Best wishes,








    Thanks for the close-up of the order. I looked it up in my WAAC/WAC reference book. It looks like there was some confusion when they were converting to WAC. Some women were told they could go home when it was not correct. Some women thought they were in the Army only to find out later on that they did not move to the Army. If I am looking at this correctly, according to this reference number, she was sent home and did not enlist in the WACs. Do you have anything stating she went into the WAC? As I said, there was some confusion in the orders so she may have stayed in.



  2. 4 hours ago, jmar said:

    Hello Phil,


    That is a very good question and, unfortunately, one for I do not have an answer! Perhaps someone more knowledgeable can shed some light on it. I had assumed that the WAACs were eventually assimilated into the WACs around 1943 (?)


    Thank you for stopping in and for your comments!


    Best wishes!






    One other note on the dates. Besides the date of July 7, it looks like there is also a date of Aug 19. I read that they had until the end of August to get a discharge from the WAAC. Could the date of July 7 be the date the order listed was effective and the date of Aug 19 is the date your WAAC became a WAC? I believe this is the case but am unsure if I am reading correctly from the pictures.



  3. On 6/21/2020 at 2:19 PM, AZPhil said:

    Thank for sharing that Joe, My first time seeing one also.

     That is not something I have from my Aunt's WAC time.


     So would this have been her discharge from the WAAC's to join the WAC's?


    Semper Fi





    The WAACs became WACs on July 1, 1943. Since this is dated July 7, 1943, I believe this was her discharge from the WAACs so she could enlist as a WAC.



  4. 26 minutes ago, Johan Willaert said:

    My GPW Jeep at Pegasus Bridge (the original one) and above Arromanches in June 1989







    Great pictures! This one at the Pegasus bridge is my favorite!



  5. 22 hours ago, General Apathy said:


    Hi Rene, you were on a roll there . . . . . .


    Question for you 


    Q:  Why does Johan take his bicycle to bed with him?

    A:  Because he doesn't want to walk in his sleep. 


    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, June 21  2020.







    You are not right! Hahahahahaha!!


    Great then and now pictures. 



  6. 3 hours ago, patches said:

    They all are wearing Uniform Hats, Uniform meaning all the same, this to me indicates some kind of official organization.


    You can see this type of hat here, the clothing they are wearing though is not depicted.




    Just because they all have on the same uniform does not make it an official organization. Just because the hat and nothing else is similar does not make it military. 


    While trying to research this, I found pictures of women working in various factory jobs with this same type of outfit including the hats. From 1914-1918, women worked in factories, railways, postal workers, firefighters, etc.  I believe these women were working for some type of factory on the home front where they all wore the same business attire. 

  7. 10 hours ago, General Apathy said:


    Hi Rene, this Art Deco balustrade is situated at the Victory Memorial Parkway WWI Monument - Minneapolis, Minnesota. The whole of the monument is very decorative and worth seeing should anyone make a visit.


    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, June 20  2020.








    How do you also find different sites here in the U.S.?? You are amazing!!!



  8. 1 hour ago, Johan Willaert said:


    That is the main reason we like to return to Normandy every year....
    Below a photo taken at Ken's place in 2014... An Englishman, American, Welshman and Belgian....



    Great picture! I think Ken's house must be THE best place to have a party! 



  9. 17 minutes ago, General Apathy said:


    Then & Now Normandy . . . . . . . . 


    I had to make a trip to Carentan this morning so whilst there I took the opportunity to drive out to capture this comparison below. The old farmhouse pre-dates WWII and probably WWI as well, however it is now empty and falling into a state of deterioration as it stands close to a traffic roundabout. At the time of the change from a junction to a roundabout it was allowed to remain there as the old lady that sat outside it daily had lived there all her life. 






    Great comparisons. It looks like such a nice street and farmhouse. It makes me wonder how many people drive this road every day with no clue the events that happened right in that spot. I also wonder if the lady who lived in that farmhouse when the roundabout was built also lived there when this picture was taken. 



  10. 37 minutes ago, Johan Willaert said:


    The D-Day Festival as we know it today 





    Thank you so very much for this great look thru the history of the D-Day events in Normandy. I really appreciate you taking the time to tell us about the events. It does sound like the earlier days before it became so big were the more enjoyable days. I didn't realize your love of bicycles came after your love of jeeps. I am sure you have made lots of great friends over the years. 


    Thanks again for the trip down memory lane...Kat

  11. 11 minutes ago, General Apathy said:


    Hi Kat,  thanks for the questions, I will come back to answer them tomorrow after I have looked for a few photos to illuminate my replies.


    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, June 17  2020.





    Sorry for so many questions. No hurry! I just thought it might be something fun and interesting. I love your usual reports of the celebrations and missed them this year.



  12. Ken and Johan,


    I was thinking since this year's D-Day festivities had to be cancelled , can we take a trip down memory lane? You may have said some of this before so forgive my old brain for forgetting. I thought this might be interesting and fun. 


    When was your first trip to a D-Day festival? Did you go as a spectator or participant? What do you remember most from your first one?


    Which one was your favorite and why?


    How many different vehicles have you ridden in for a parade? I assume both of you always ride in jeeps but you may have branched out. 


    Which one was the coldest and most miserable weather wise? 


    Who was the most memorable veteran you met at a festival?


    Have you met many female veterans especially pilots?


    What is the most memorable item that you bought at a festival?


    Have I forgotten anything?



  13. Ken,


    I had a busy week and just got a chance to read your report of D-Day. Your discussion of the events was very emotional to read. I was thinking about how our WWII veterans are getting so old and vulnerable. I completely understand about why events were cancelled because we need to protect our vulnerable. I just wonder how many veterans won't live to see June 6, 2021.


    Thank you for all you do in this thread to keep the stories from Normandy in our hearts. This is by far the best thread on this forum.


    I hope June 6, 2021 is a huge celebration!



  14. I have been searching but so far no luck finding an answer to my question so I thought I would ask on here. I am specifically looking for a B-25 but I assume all bombers would be the same.


    Were the bomb bay areas in bombers painted a certain color? Were they primed with a silver/ grey color to protect them? Were they painted the same color green as the outside? Did it vary depending on the theatre? 


    With most pictures from WWII being black and white, it is hard to tell. 


    Thanks in advance for any help...Kat



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