Harold R. Bandoli

Eau Claire WACs Home on Furlough
Private Arlene Lenmark, Private First Class Madlyn Bandoli, and Private First Class Myra Betz, home on furlough at the same time, relate their experiences to Lieutenant D. Laurie Grimm at the WAC Recruiting Office, Union National Bank Building, this city.

Three Eau Claire girls, each doing important and interesting work in various divisions of the Women’s Army Corp, called at the WAC Recruiting Headquarters here, while home on furlough last week.  All were very enthusiastic about their work and consider themselves lucky to be in the WAC.

Besides helping to speed the day of victory, they are receiving good training and having many unusual experiences.

Private Lenmark finished Administration School in Alpine, TX and is now Chief Clerk in a clothing warehouse at Camp Carson, CO.  She  replaces a soldier and a civil service woman.  Her husband, Private First Class Jacques Lenmark, is in Australia and her brother, Lieutenant Gerald Krohg, is stationed at Keystone Heights, FL.

Private First Class Bandoli is stationed at Fort McClellan, AL, where she works in Personnel.  Her brother, Lieutenant Harold Bandoli, is stationed at Camp Pine Dale, CA.

Private First Class Betz, Air WAC finished Administration School at Daytona Beach and is now working as a stenographer in the Engineer’s Operation Room at Gulfport Field,  MS.  Her  brother, Martin, is taking his boot training at Farragut, ID.

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.

Promotion of Harold R. Bandoli, Eau Claire, and Marvin L. Bodeen, Rice Lake, from Second to First Lieutenants in the Army was announced last night by the War Department.