"Who Was The First?" We are often asked who was the “first” to do this, the “first” assigned to do that, the “oldest,” “youngest” etc. These are questions that we are unable to answer, unless it is a case of known fact in the U.S. Army. Therefore, as a matter of policy, the U.S. Army Women’s Museum will not sanction any claim of “firsts, etc.” The Museum has over 1.5 million documents in its archives and we continue to collect additional data every day. We are sorry that we do not have the resources to research these difficult type of questions and thus, we cannot provide a definitive answer about a "first."
1. Where can I find information on the Women’s Army Corps?
2. How can I find my service records?
3. Where can I find a veteran to talk to?
4. Where can I find additional information on Oveta Culp Hobby?
5. My grandmother served in the Women’s Army Corps. Do you have any information about her?
6. My high school is working on National History Day projects. Can you help us?
7. How do I make arrangements to conduct research at the Army Women’s Museum?
8. My grandmother modeled for a WAC poster. Do you have her poster?
9. Where can I find current information on women in the Army?
10. Where can I find a dictionary of military terms?
11. Where can I find more Army history?
12. Can I find an online resource that shows current and historical active duty military pay tables?
- The Women’s Army Corps: A Commemoration of World War II Service, by Judith A. Bellafaire. http://www.history.army.mil/brochures/wac/wac.htm
- The Women’s Army Corps by Mattie E. Treadwell http://www.history.army.mil/books/wwii/wac/index.htm
- The Women’s Army Corps. 1945-1978 by Bettie J. Morden http://www.history.army.mil/books/wac
- The National Archives and Records Administration web site is a good place to start
- WWII enlistment records can be found at:
- A helpful book is: How to Locate Anyone Who Is or Has Been in the Military: Armed Forces Locator Guide (How to Locate Anyone Who Is Or Has Been in the Military) by Lt. Col. Richard S. Johnson
- The museum does not maintain a speaker’s bureau. The best place to find a veteran to speak to is to contact a local service organization.
- Veterans of Foreign Wars: www.vfw.org
- WAC Veterans Association: www.armywomen.org
- American Legion: www.legion.org
- COL Hobby’s personal papers are at Rice University: http://library.rice.edu/search?SearchableText=hobby&quicklinks=
- We may, a good majority of our archival records come from family donations. However, we do not maintain service records in the fashion that the National Personnel Records Center does. We will be happy to look, though. We need as much information as you can give us. At a bare minimum, first name and last name (maiden name if she was not married at the time of enlistment). Also helpful is approximate date of enlistment, type of job performed, and where she served. The first place to start is:
- The museum already has material to support this requirement on disc. Please email the museum at leeeAWMWeb@conus.army.mil and provide your name, your school’s name, and mailing address, and the name of the teacher you want the disc mailed to.
- Contact the museum at 804-734-4327 to setup an appointment and talk about how we can best help you.
- Many women posed for WAC posters. There are a few that have been positively identified. If you have pictures of your grandmother with her poster, we would love to add it to our files.
- For information on women: http://www.armyg1.army.mil/HR/wita/default.asp
- Demographics: http://www.armyg1.army.mil/HR/demographics.asp
- For Casualty figures: http://icasualty.org/oif/female.aspx
- General information: http://www.dtic.mil/dacowits/
- DoD Site for the Joint Electornic Library: http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/
- The Center of Military History: http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/
- Center for Army Lesson Learned: http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/call/index.asp
- Combat Studies Institute: http://usacac.army.mil/CAC2/CSI/
- World War One: http://www.worldwar1.com/index.html
- World War Two: http://ww2.vet.org
- Civil War: http://www.civilwar.com/
- The information you seek is available online at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service's website at http://www.dod.mil/dfas/. Then click on Pay Rates.
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This page was last updated on: November 19, 2012