Mostly Georgia and Colorado: 1945-1950? Scrapbook with thirty-seven pages containing appx. twenty ephemeral items relating to the WAC and approx 275 photographs, about 50 of which are related to her WAC service and the rest showing scenic views in Colorado and Tennessee. A generally fine group. Item #List1824
An extremely well preserved group of material documenting the life of Gene Kennedy of Milwaukee, who trained in the Women’s Army Corps beginning in 1945 just before the end of the conflict. She trained at Fort Oglethorpe, in Georgia. She meticulously kept ephemeral items from her training, which are collected here in the scrapbook. As her service would be cut short, she reused the remainder of the scrapbook to document tourist activities in Colorado, with some unidentified family photographs. It appears that she was married during this time, and some of the photographs seem to show her husband after he returned from the war, though none are identified.
The WAC-related items are as follows: Her enlistment paperwork - all marked ‘Restricted’ - comprising 7 pp.; program from her farewell dinner, given by her mother, February 1945; hospital certification certificate; a map of the Fort Oglethorpe base measuring 11 x 9 ½ inches; the Third WAC Headquarters Policies (17 pp.); A three page document giving instructions on arranging shelves, racks and bunks; a humorous 9 pp. handout entitled “Manual for Kitchen Police and Bakers and Cooks,” that gives instructions for work in the kitchen; a single page memorandum regarding troop movements; a 5 pp. Document giving instructions for a gas mask drill; a ‘General Orders’ cartoon; a single page relating to the spread of communicable disease; a single page on the jurisdiction of military courts; an annotated document on the Articles of War (2 pp.); a group photograph of Co. 2 of the 1st WAC under Catherine M. Miller with a corresponding piece of paper identifying all of the subjects by last name; a booklet entitled “My Service in the WAC Corps;” a group photograph of the 22nd Regt. of Co. 2, Medical Technician Class 4, with some identifying marks to recto; a booklet entitled “Chatanooga WAC Book;” and various photographs including a series of about twenty taken by the Signal Corps of WAC training at Fort Oglethorpe.
The remainder of the book is filled with tourist photographs of Colorado and personal photographs of Kennedy’s friends and family, and gives some context to her life at this point. Overall a very clean and well preserved record of a young woman’s life during a period of WAC training.