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When Women First Wore Army Shoes: A first-person account of service as a member of the Women's Army Corps during WWII.
When Women First Wore Army Shoes A first-person account of service as a member of the Women's Army Corps during WWII Author:Ethel A. Starbird Daughter, sister and sister-in-law of Army men who would all rise to the rank of General, it was not much of a surprise when Ethel A. Starbird decided to serve her country as a member of the Woman's Army Corps during World War II. After multiple attempts to "make weight" to join the Army, due to the lack of different weight standards for fema... more »le recruits, Starbird learns to do things the Army way as a "Public Relations Man," making her way from her enlistment in Burlington, Vermont to an overseas assignment as one of the "New Guinea Pigs" in Hollandia, New Guinea. From learning the "Queen Street shuffle" - required to allow a chivalrous male General to still enter an elevator before a female Private - to the Army's seeming obsession with the reproductive health of their WACs, join Starbird as she humorously recounts her enlisted experience and the Army's growing pains as it learned to adapt to women in its ranks.« less
Rose Ann Keating (retiredteacher2009) - , reviewed When Women First Wore Army Shoes: A first-person account of service as a member of the Women's Army Corps during WWII. on
I was really amazed by this book! The author of this memoir displayed wit throughout her experience as a WAC during World War II, even when the experiences weren't at all humorous! I guess that's how she was able to make it through the war and remain sane! I felt like I was right there with her. When I finished the book, I discovered that she had a wonderful career after the war as a writer for National Geographic. She must have been one of the first "women libbers" before there was such a thing. I recommend it to anyone interested in the experiences of the WACs from first-hand knowledge. It definitely beats reading about it in a dry history book!