Democrat J I Davenport, Iowa
Women in the War ***s.
L»*"The resignation of Colonel Oveta Culp HobbV j as director of the Women's Army Corps, known as the WACs, concludes a war record of high usefulness and distinction. Under her leadership the corps, which was authorized by an act of Congress in May, 1942, expanded to a personnel of 89,000, on duty in more than 400 army installations in the United States and in 16 foreign countries.
The WACs serve in such various capacities as medical technicians, code clerks, interpreters, aircraft mechanics, photographers, weather observers, motor vehicle drivers, telephone and teletype operators, and administrative aides.
Carefully selected, they are taught the essentials of army life and procedure in a basic training course and then are assigned to the army jobs in which their knowledge and skills will be most useful. Their military ratings and ranks are parallel to those of men soldiers.
As the organizer and head of this invaluable corps, Colonel Hobby has made a truly great con-tributation to the war effort. Last winter she was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, and upon resigning she was praised by Undersecretary of War Patterson for her "devotion to duty, her energy, tact and executive ability."
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