"A group of women of Latin-American extraction took the Army oath before more than 6,000 persons in San Antonio's Municipal Auditorium to become the second section of the Benito Juarez Air-WAC Squadron, named for the hero who helped liberate Mexico from European domination in 1862."
"Led by an honor guard from the first Latin-American WAC squadron, the new war-women, marched into the auditorium to be sworn in and to hear words of greeting from Colonel Oveta Culp Hobby (1905 – 1995) and from Mrs. Dwight Eisenhower (1896 – 1979)."
The first Hispanic WAC was Carmen Contreras-Bozak.
Click here to read about some of the Puerto Ricans who served with distinction during the war.
Dressed for Duty: America's Women in Uniform, 1898-1973
Attached is a photo-essay from a 1943 issue PIC MAGAZINE illustrating the roll women played in a California bomber factory.
During World War II many women played roles as daring and courageous as were required of any man. This is the true story of one such woman, who gambled her life to help the Allies win the final victory in Europe.
"...I began my mission in wartime France as a British secret agent. Colonel Maurice Buckmaster had told me what my assignment was:"
"You will parachute into France with a wireless operator and a demolition specialist. The drop will be 40 miles from Le Mans, where Rommel's army is concentrated..."
Click here to read about the women who spied for the Nazis during the Second World War.
Click here to read more articles about W.W. II espionage.
Attached are a few interesting factoids about the American lassies who served in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps throughout the Second World War.
"The Women's Army Corps (WAC), first organized as an auxiliary May 14, 1942, became 'regular army' a little more than a year later...They were secretaries and stenographers for generals. They operated switchboards which kept communications alive throughout the European theater of operations...Their keen eyes and quick fingers made them expert as parachute riggers. They became weather experts [charting the aerial routes for the long-range bombers of the U.S. Eighth Air Force]."
140,000 women served as WACs.
"Like other Army and Navy personnel, the members of the Women's Army Corps have coined their own slanguage. If you hear a WAC say:"
"I'm off on an orchid hunt, kids - and no PFC. My night maneuvers are gonna be with a varsity crewman."
-you'll know what she means after you've studied this [attached] glossary."