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First Lieutenant Betty Lois Smith, WAAC, WAC, World War 2


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Here is another WAAC, WAC, group, this one is to an officer.

 

Betty Lois Smith was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania on February 17, 1921. She graduated from North Union Township High School and worked for the Bell Telephone Company in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, before enlisting in the Woman’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) on September 2, 1942. She attended basic training and Officer’s Training School at the First WAAC Training Center, Fort Des Moines, Iowa and graduated on May 23, 1943. The WAAC went out of existence on August 31, 1943. It was succeeded immediately by the Women's Army Corps (WAC) which Congress made part of the the United States Army for the duration of the war plus six months. Unlike their counterparts in the Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps, WACs could be stationed anywhere, including behind the lines on the battlefield. Smith’s first assignment was to the WAC Publication’s Office at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. She attended Administrative Specialist School at the Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College at Nacogdoches, Texas. Smith was then assigned to the Eighth Service Command as a WAC recruiter in Shreveport, Louisiana. Smith also spent time in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, recruiting women for the Army Transportation Corps based at the former New Orleans Army Air Corps Base. Lieutenant Smith was a graduate of the Officer’s Administration Course at the Adjutant General’s School at Fort Sam Houston, in October of 1944. She continued in New Orleans, Louisiana until she was Honorably Discharged from the United States Army at Fort Sheridan, Illinois on November 16, 1945. Betty Smith Ashmore died at Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 20, 2003.

 

This is a very extensive group which includes the WAAC, WAC officer insignia and a scrapbook that documents Lt. Betty Smith's entire career during World War Two. The scrapbook includes hundreds of newspaper clipping,s photograph, letters and cards from GI's. Her diary was also sold.

Dick

 

 

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Hi Kat,

Here is a better picture of the two small Athene insignias. I have quite a few more woman's groups. They include Navy enlisted and officer, Navy nurse, Marine Corps and Army nurses from WW1 and WW2. I have researched and written up all of them and they are now being photographed. I will post them as they are finished.

Dick

 

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Hi Kat,

Here is a better picture of the two small Athene insignias. I have quite a few more woman's groups. They include Navy enlisted and officer, Navy nurse, Marine Corps and Army nurses from WW1 and WW2. I have researched and written up all of them and they are now being photographed. I will post them as they are finished.

Dick

 

 

Dick,

 

Thank you so much for the close up pictures! I REALLY look forward to seeing your other groupings. I am loving these!

 

 

....Kat

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Another very NICE group, Dick!

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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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