Salute to the Women in Uniform

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American women played important roles during World War II, both at home and in uniform. Not only did they give their sons, husbands, fathers, and brothers to the war effort, they gave their time, energy, and some even gave their lives.

The utilization of women in an organization such as the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) offered a “golden opportunity” to solve manpower shortages. So recognizable was the opportunity that Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall himself told the War Department in November 1941, “I want a women’s corps right away, and I don’t want any excuses!” Urgent wartime demands necessitated the use of all able, willing citizens, regardless of gender. In recruiting women, the Army assured them that they would be doing “unusual and exciting work” and that their service “in making available technically trained men for combat service will be of great value in winning the war.”

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2 thoughts on “Salute to the Women in Uniform

  1. Glad you posted their role during the war. BTW, here is a lady who served with the USAF as Command Consultant Dietician for the Air Force Logistic Command. Col. Frances Ballantine, Ret. Died at 94 on Nov. 9, 2017. She’s a friend of mine and one of the founders of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society. You can put her in Farewell Salute. Thanks GP.


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