Hawkeye-Gazette Burlington, Iowa
She Knows Why She's Serving
i If the war hadn't come along
• in 1941, Barbara Carmichael of i Conway Springs, Kan., would have
• been married by now to her col- '¦ lege sweetheart. t
Because of the war. her sweet- j heart lies in a grave in New . G-ufnea where he was killed in ,1-942. And Miss Carmichael is a ffj-st lieutenant in the WAC.
Lt. Carmichael was here to- . day arranging a 4-day recrult-I ing campaign here next week for hospital technicians, so vitally ] needed by the army. ]
When she learned of the death of her fiance, an infantry army officer who had held a reserve commission, Miss Carmichael was dietician at Northern Oklahoma junior college at Tonkawa. She already had been trying to determine where she best couid serve [the war effort. She was thinking of it not alone because her sweet-iheart was overseas, but because Ithc junior college constantly had !500 youths of 17 on the campus, [taking the army and navy primary and secondary flight training courses. "These boys s!*.ould be in school instead of fighting," she kept thinking.
Enlisting soon after receiving notice of her sweetheart's death, she feit that she could do her best job with the army.
And now she has been assigned to Burlington to recruit women for general hospitals. "They are needed so desperately." she said. "The number of wounded returning home Increases every day. Women still may join the WAC air branch, but right now the need is greatest of all in the medical unit/'
Women 20 to 50 are eligible if they have had 2 years of high school. Eligible women still in college may enlist now, remaining in school for the rest of the term. Complete information will be available—and no obligation—at, the postoffice here Tuesday to Friday of next week. Recruiters will be on the job all day and each evening on the 2nd floor.
Recruits will take the customary WAC basic training after which they will be trained for hospital work. No previous medical or nursing experience is required. Lt. Carmichael will be assisted here by Sgt. Betty Buynak and Sgt H. R. Davis, both of whom have visited Burlington previously in WAC recruiting.
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