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Photo: 1945, Fort Oglethorpe, Company 11, 21st Regiment

1945 Fort Oglethorpe, Company 11, 21st Regiment, WAC
1945 Fort Oglethorpe, Company 11, 21st Regiment, WAC

The blogging community is wonderful. Over the years many readers have directed me to great finds and  resources. Recently Shore Acres suggested that I look at the the Military Yearbook Project website.

And. . . drum roll please. . .  I found a photo of Aunt Marian’s company and Regiment. Thank you, Shore Acres!

Which woman is Aunt Marian?   There are a  lot of women, but I think it might be the 2nd woman from the left in the 3rd row.  What do you think?

First Day at Fort Oglethorpe

Fort Oglethorpe WAC barracks
Old postcard with a picture of the Fort Oglethorpe WAC barracks

What did Aunt Marian do and think during her first day of basic training at Fort Oglethorpe in Georgia?

Unfortunately I don ‘t have any letters or journals that record her thoughts, but here’s what another WAC named Aileen Kilgore Henderson wrote about her  train trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee which is just across the state line from Fort Oglethorpe—and her first day or so there.

. . . arriving in Chattanooga about seven last night. Ate an elegant supper in the train diner—ham again, thick and tender! We recruits had a U.S. check for ours, but the WAC private chaperoning us had to pay for hers. But the guy in charge of the diner refused—he said her dinner was on the Railroad.

So here I am at Fort Oglethorpe. . . . Half an hour from now recruits assigned to Beds#11 through #20 are ordered to scrub, dust, polish, shine windows, and otherwise clean up the Orderly Room.

Any minute we’re expecting the fire drill whistle to blow. Last night’s drill unsettled us quite a bit. Another unsettling thing was the steady stream of new girls arriving in the night, stomping through the dark to find their beds.

I got this diary entry out of a book called Stateside Soldier: Life in the Women’s Army Corps 1944-1945 that was published in 2001 by the University of South Carolina press. The book contained the diary of Aileen Kilgore Henderson, who was in the WACs during World War II.