Women’s Army Corps “WAC” Veterans Flag Presentation
Photo: John E. Carson
On 18 March, 2019, at the Post 237 General Membership meeting, Post member Donna Oftedahl presented the Post with a beautiful framed Women’s Army Corps veteran’s flag. The unique and original design concept was Donna’s creation, and is a tribute to veterans of the Women’s Army Corps, of which Donna was a proud member. She joined the “WACS” in 1964, receiving her basic and advanced training at Ft. McClellan, Alabama, where she later served as a drill instructor for two tours of duty. In addition, Donna was the first female drill instructor in a male unit at Fr. Ord, California, and served in various duties in Japan and Korea. In 1985, she retired from the Army as a Sergeant First Class, after twenty years of service.
The Women’s Army Corp began active duty on 1 July, 1943. About 150,000 women served in the corps during World War Two, being the first women, other than nurses, to serve with the Army. It was disbanded in 1978, all its units being integrated with male units. Gen. Douglas MacArtur called the WACs “my best soldiers … they worked harder, complained less, and were better disciplined than men.” Gen. Eisenhower said “their contributions in efficiency, skill, spirit, and determination are immeasurable.” These 150,000 women released the equivalent of seven divisions of men for combat during World War Two. (Women’s Army Corps Wikipedia. 19 Mar., 2019)
K. Carpenter, Post 237 Historian