Call of Duty: A Montana Girl in World War II by Grace Porter Miller

By Grace Porter Miller

The memoir of Grace Porter Miller, one of many 300,000 American girls who fought in global conflict II. After becoming a member of the Women's military Auxiliary Corps, Porter used to be assigned to forces in England, the place she served as a cryptographic technician close to front traces of wrestle.

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We spent hours every evening washing and pressing carefully. Men in the army received laundry service, but we washed our own clothes. The inspectors scrutinized each window sill, footlocker, bed, shoe, and WAAC for any possible slipup. There were usually four officers in the inspection team, two WAAC officers and two male army officers. They wore white gloves to check for traces of dust on bed springs, door frames, and other unlikely places. It was amazing how ingenious these inspecting officers could be in finding dust or trivial imperfections.

The uniforms were made by men's tailors. Shoulders were wide, chests flat. Skirts were skinny. Breast pocket flaps on shirts had a tendency to stand straight out on any girl wearing anything larger than an A cup. All this gear, whether it fit or not, got stuffed into the barracks bags, and off we were marched to our assigned barracks. One hundred girls, sleeping in double-deck bunks, lived in each barracks. M. Fifteen minutes later we lined up for roll call in front of our barracks, neat and fully dressed in the uniform of the day.

Women were too far away from mothers or sisters or aunts to depend on easily available support, advice, and help. Women had to learn to cope with life as independent persons. After World War II, many women became better educated Page 20 and began to choose their own ways of life, even when this led outside the home. Our lives became more complicated. Now we had to choose between being family-oriented or me-oriented, and the decisions wereand remaindifficult. My mother's friends were baffled by girls enlisting in the army, although secretly they savored the adventure of it and admired our courage and independence.

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