Evening Tribune Des Moines, Iowa
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A XIS FOES who fell back as a certain
~^_ medium tank bore down on them with
its guns >lazing possibly could think
justifiably tha American
women/ are si ange creatures. Lettered on th« iron
monster whic i put the
chase in them is the name
"Esther." Of i >urac if they ||
knew the tank was named |
after Pvt. Esther Schmal of 1
the WAC at Fort Des %
Moines thsy would dismiss
any thought that girls over
here are big, rugged and
O O O PVT. SCHMAI..
AFTER DOING gas-welding on LSM (that's landing ship, medium) barges for the Pullman Co. at Chicago, her home (17 months of outdoor work), instructing CAP cadets at Harvey, 111., during what little time she had to spare and giving blood to the Red Cross eight times, it followed that Miss Schmal would top things off by joining her country's forces. That she did, that she did. When the CAP joined the WAC recruiting program, Esther was sure she'd get at least one recruit. It was herself. She interviewed herself, found herself eager to enlist, signed up.
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