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Celebrating Women’s History Month

Happy Women’s History Month!

The theme of the 2011 Women’s History Month is “Our History is Our Strength.”  This is something that CECOM and the Signal Corps have been doing for decades.  Command Historian Melissa Ziobro wrote her MA thesis based on the Women’s Army Corps, or WAC, and has presented three papers on this topic alone:

    • “’The Simple Headquarters of a Grant or Lee Were Gone Forever:’ Gender Integration as an Exigency of Modern Warfare,” 5th International Peace History Society Conference
    • “’Pollyanna’ Perseveres: An Analysis of the Coping Mechanisms Employed By Women Integrating Into the U.S. Army during WWII,” 9th Annual Women’s History Conference
    • “’Skirted Soldiers’ Get the Message Through: An Analysis of the Gender Integration of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, World War II,” 15th Annual Women and Society Conference

Some of the shorter pieces about women are available on the CECOM website, in our publications section.  Topics include gender integration at Fort Monmouth to racial barriers encountered while serving as a WAC.

The Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) present arms, 1943

To celebrate Women’s History Month, the CECOM Historical Office will be featuring some extras on the blog:

  1. The return of Women on Wednesdays, a blog mini-series by Floyd Hertweck that highlights notable females from CECOM and our predecessor organizations’ history
  2. Additional stories and information about the WAC’s, the Army Nurses, and military wives
  3. Provide biographical sketches of famous women in the US Army
  4. Post materials about Women’s History Month events within CECOM, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, and the US Army

In addition to our own website, both the Department of Defense and the Library of Congress have sites dedicated to this.

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  • Gary Zaetz

    Among the 74000 Americans still missing from World War II are 21 American servicewomen, listed below. It is to America’s shame that the remains of these courageous women and of all the other American MIAs of World War II are still unrecovered after so many years, largely due to the grossly insufficient funds our Government allocates to our military’s remains recovery program. In honor of Women’s History Month (2011), please demand from our Congressional representatives that our Government start adequately funding this program.

    WASP Gertrude V. Tompkins-Silver of Jersey City, New Jersey

    Army Nurse Corps 2nd Lt. Eloise M. Richardson of Marseilles, Illinois

    Army Nurse Corpsr 2nd Lt. Thelma M. LaFave of Elmwood, Michigan

    WAC PFC Rose Brohinsky of San Francisco, California

    WAC Sgt. Doris Cooper of Champaign, Illinois

    WAC PFC Flossie D. Flannery of Springport, Indiana

    WAC PFC Frieda C. Friend of New York, New York

    WAC PFC Mary M. Gollinger of Tacoma, Washington

    WAC CPL Velma E. Holden of Asheville, North Carolina

    WAC PFC Odessa Lou Hollingsworth of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    WAC PFC Alice D. King of Oswego, Oregon

    WAC PFC Wilma E. Liles of Dallas, Texas

    WAC PFC Evelyn L. McBride of Inglewood, California

    WAC PFC Alice Pauline McKinney of Big Bay, Michigan

    WAC PFC Rose F. Puchalla of Minneapolis, Minnesota

    WAC PFC Mildred E. Rice of Kansas City, Kansas

    WAC PFC Pearl Roomsburg of Lomita, California

    WAC PFC Helen F. Rozzelle of Washington, D.C.

    WAC PFC Leona M. Seyfert of Chicago, Illinois

    WAC PFC Ruth E. Warlick of Goldthwaite, Texas

    WAC PFC Bonnie L. Williams of Glenda Springs, Kansas

    See http//www.projecthomecoming.org