Left to right: Sisters Ellen, Evelyn, Dorothy, and Florence Gahm, all served during WWII.Ellen(24),was a private first class in the WAC, at the Cushing General Hospital(Framingham,Mass) Closer to home,Evelyn(18) attended the University of Colorado,then received training at Colorado General Hospital as a cadet nurse.Dorothy(23)had been a teacher in Sterling before joining the MCWR at Cherry Point, N.C.Florence(21)was an aviation machinist's mate, second class in the WAVES~
After this little girl’s family was executed, insurgents intended to execute her also, and shot her in the head. Marines found her and she was cared for in Chief Master Sgt. John Gebhardt’s hospital. The only one who could calm her down was Sgt. Gebhardt, so he started holding her to sleep. This is a picture of their fourth straight night sleeping together in that chair.
"Harriet M. West was the first Black woman major in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) during World War II (Only two ever existed). Once promoted to that rank and named an aide to WAC director Col. Oveta Culp Hobby, Ms. Waddy was able to take an active role in changing the status of "colored" women in the military. She became an advisor to the Army on racial issues".