Courier Waterloo, Iowa
M $1 1943
WAACs in Africa Thoroly Trained, Even to Building
Somewhere in North Africa, Jan. 25—(Delayed)—((INS)—The historic detachment of WAACS, which has just landed in North Africa is not only the first group of women soldiers ever sent overseas by the U. S. government, but it is also the first ever to be assigned to an active theatre of operation. • _______'________________
With the exception of arms, this group which shatters all precedent, is, fully equipped for a combat area.
Gas masks and steel helmets are a routine part of their G. I. equipment.
Every woman in this detachment, from the commanding officer, Captain Frances Keegan Marquis, 46, uf N. Y. C, to te hlowliest auxiliary or private, volunteered for te job in nand, which is not going to be easy, comfortable, or always pleasant.
Four other officers arrived with the overseas WAGs to assist Capt. Marquis.
They are Capt. Evelyn B. Nicholson, 2
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