Millicent C. Badman

Inducted into the WAACs on Flag Day
The oath of allegiance to the WAACs was administered by Lieutenant Roberta Dent to seven girls at the Flag Day ceremonies in the Chippewa Fairgrounds, Sunday. Taking the oath from Lieutenant Dent (right) are (left to right) Millicent Badman, Carroll Anderson, Delores Erickson, Marjorie Boyd, Elizabeth English; Gladys Grinsel. Candidate not pictured is Grace Anderson.  

Private Millicent Badman is home on a five-day furlough, visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Merton Badman, Route 5. She will leave Wednesday to return to Camp Atterbury, before being transferred to Fort Oglethorpe, where she will receive further training.

Millicent Badman Home on Furlough
Private Millicent Badman of Camp Atterbury, IN is spending a 12-day furlough with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Merton Badman of Route 5, Eau Claire. 

Private Badman reported to Fort Oglethorpe, GA for basic training on the first of July 1943. Upon completion of basic, she was selected to attend an Army Specialist School. This was an Army Administrative Course of two-months duration  held on the campus of  Sul Ross State Teachers College at Alpine, TX. From here, she was assigned to special duty at Camp Atterbury as typist for an Air Force MP training regiment. When this group moved from the post, Private Badman was made assistant to the chaplain, which is her present assignment.

"I wouldn't take anything for the experiences I've had in the Women's Army Corps," said Private Badman, when she visited the local recruiting office, "and I think it's an opportunity of which too many girls are failing to take advantage."

A girl who joins the WAC now may be recommended for a definite job and assigned to her choice of either of the three branches of the Army; namely, the Army Air Forces, the Army Service Forces, or the Army Ground Forces. She may also be definitely assured of service in the Sixth Service Command, if she so desires. Further details may be obtained at the United States Army Recruiting Station at 509 Union National Bank Building in Eau Claire.

Eau Claire WAC in Australia

Private First Class Madlyn Bandoli of the Women's Army Corps is now serving somewhere in Australia, according to letters received by her mother, Mrs. Lillian Bandoli, and her sister, Margaret, of this city.

In her first letter from Australia, written on May 14, Private Bandoli wrote: "Well, I really am a long, long way from home. I'm so thrilled about it all.  Am not permanently settled as yet. This country looks wonderful to me. And what a welcome we did get from the soldiers! I went to town on a pass yesterday and had a grand time. American soldiers just beg you to talk to them--they are so anxious to hear an American girl talk. The Australians seem very friendly, too. The first night we were here, they (the American soldiers) had a big dance for us. We all had a grand time.

"I had a wonderful trip. Didn't get a bit seasick. We had dances, movies and talent programs. I managed to get a good tan, too. Someday I'll tell you all about it."

A second letter tells of a visit to the city of Sydney. Private Bandoli wrote: "Spent some time on a pass in Sydney. It was most interesting and everyone was so nice. I wish you and Margy had been with me. I know that you would have loved it. It is a beautiful city and spread all over creation. They have such darling little homes. Welsh style, I believe. Almost every one has a red room. Went to the zoo while there and it really is wonderful. I have never seen such beautiful birds.

"Your letters are coming through fine now. Seems so good to get mail again.

"I haven't seen Fran (Frances Hemans) or Millicent Badman, but I understand they are here."

Private First Class Bandoli entered the WAC about a year ago at the close of the school year. She has been a teacher at Appleton for a number of years. Two of her three brothers are in the service, Lieutenant Harold Bandoli at Camp Pinedale, Fresno, CA and Private Donald Bandoli of Milwaukee, now taking his basic training at Camp Stewart, GA. A sister, Mrs. Reidar Wintervold, is with the American Red Cross in its offices at Washington, DC.

In Australia
Private Millicent Badman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merton Badman, Route 3, Eau Claire, arrived on the East Coast of Australia for duty with the Women's Army Corps in the same group with Private First Class Madlyn Bandoli, also of Eau Claire.

Private Badman writes that the WACs received a  royal welcome and that a party was given for them immediately upon their arrival.. The soldiers and sailors had to be held back so the WACs could get into the building where the party was to be held. The men wanted to "talk to them because it had been as long as three years since some had heard an American girl talk." 

The girls report that there is a five-and-ten cent store where they are and that it carries the same line that American stores carry. They are becoming used to paying for purchases in shillings and pence, which was confusing at first. 

The most confusing thing, however, is the fact that, in Australia, it is now the fall of the year, so they will have two winters and no summer. When they return to the States, they may be able to catch up on their lost summer.

Girls in Australia
Eau Claire Girls Reunited in WAC Camp in Australia
For many, the war has caused a temporary separation from friends and relatives but, for two Eau Claire Women's Army Corps members, it has led to a renewed acquaintanceship.

In 1940, both Madlyn C. Bandoli, daughter of Mrs. Lillian Bandoli of 316 Babcock Street, and Millicent C. Badman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merton Badman, Route 5, were enrolled at Eau Claire State Teachers College. Miss Bandoli graduated and went to Appleton, WI to teach school. Miss Badman remained in Eau Claire as a staff member of the local department of education. Both women left the teaching profession in May 1943, when they were sworn into the WAC. Miss Bandoli received orders to report for basic training at Fort Devens, MA; Miss Badman departed a week later for the training center at Fort Oglethorpe, GA. Their WAC tracks did not cross again, until almost a year later, when both were selected as members of the first WAC detachment to be sent into the Southwest Pacific area to do vital work for the Army abroad. 

During their six months of garrison life together in Australia, both have received interesting assignments with the Adjutant General's Section of Headquarters for the United States Army Forces in the Far East; both have received promotions.  Madlyn Bandoli is now a Technician Fifth Grade, while Private Badman has recently advanced to the grade of Private First Class.