Army & Navy: WAACs Go to Camp

Elm-shaded Fort Des Moines last week greeted the first WAACs—800 of them, 440 officer candidates and 360 auxiliaries. Twenty-one women reporters, twelve men reporters, 22 photographers were waiting for them. Thousands of press words choked the wires with intimate WAAC detail, so that U.S. citizens knew all about WAAC food, clothes, beds (short-sheeted by male Army pranksters), orchids, sore feet, the first ride in an Army truck, the lingerie drying racks in the laundry, the cannon at reveille, the embarrassed male non-com who said: "You in the blue dress, step forward," the...

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