Army & Navy: Peewee

Peewee Maloney is a little trick with a turned-up nose, brown hair and wide smile —neat and cute as a .22 bullet. Back home in Rochester, N.Y., she had been cashier in a cafeteria, until she persuaded the Army to make an exception to its 5-ft. rule and let her in the WAC, all 4 ft. 11 in. of her. As Private Margaret H. Maloney she was soon stationed in North Africa.

One morning Peewee was acting as supply sergeant for her company when Private Kenny Jacobs came into the WAC's kitchen. Helpfully he poured...

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