Myra E. Betz

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Miss Myra E. Betz of 460 West Grand Avenue, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George M. Betz of Route 3, will report for duty with the WAACs at the Induction Center at Daytona Beach, FL on March 15, where she will take six weeks preliminary training.

Miss Betz, who was graduated from the Eau Claire High School in 1937, has been employed by the Phillips Company prior to her enlistment.

Myra Betz Finishes Course at WAAC Training Center
DAYTQNA BEACH, FL—Auxiliary Myra E. Betz of Route 3, Eau Claire, WI was graduated on May 29 from the Administrative School of the Second WAAC Training Center at the completion of a six-week course offered to WAACs selected for their business background, education and aptitude. 

The school's purpose is to train WAACs for Army office work in order to relieve men for active service. The course is divided into two main sections: three weeks of explanatory lectures and simple, practical problems and three weeks of Command Post Exercises, commonly known as CPX. During the last three weeks, students maintain all records and administrative detail concerning an organization as it operates in the field. They prepare company records, orders and reports in complete detail. 

Besides business training, there is a program daily of close order drill and work with a platoon.

 The syllabus lists such diversified subjects as court martial, qualities of notable American leaders, allotments, pay and allowances, safeguarding military information, basic qualifications of leadership, and channels of communication. 

WAACs are graduated each week and leave on assignments, but the requests to date from the field have far outnumbered the available personnel.

Women Recruits Choose Training in Army Air Force
Lieutenant Dorothy Laurie Grimm of the WAC Recruiting Office, 509 Union National Bank in Eau Claire, said today that the United States Army Air Force is the branch of the Army most popular with women now joining the Women’s Army Corps. Even though it is possible for women serving with the Army Ground and Service Forces to choose the Army post in the Sixth Service Command in which to work, they still prefer to take their chances on a station and have the thrill of working at an air base.  Being an Air WAC does not allow a woman to choose her station, but she may be recommended for a certain job and prove herself capable of holding that job. The qualifications necessary to become an Air WAC are no different than for any other branch of the Army.

It has recently been announced that WACs assigned to the Army Air Forces will get the same technical training as men. Women chosen for the courses will go to Chanute Field, IL or Lowry Field, CO. Women must be recommended by their station commanding officers. This recommendation will be based upon experience, previous training, demonstrated ability, and tests.  

Praise from Major Giles
Major General Giles, Chief-of-Air Staff, U.S. Army, has this to say about Air WACs: “A recent trip to air fields throughout the country brought home to me very forcibly a fact that has become increasingly apparent in recent months—that members of the Women’s Army Corps assigned to the Army Air Forces are an essential part of the Army Air Forces team. I saw Air WACs working on the line, Air WACs living and learning and doing a job just like other good soldiers in the Army Air Forces. I saw them wearing the uniform of their country, conducting themselves according to oldest and proudest traditions, customs, and courtesies of the service; taking their places beside their brothers to help keep the planes of the United States Army Air Forces flying and fighting. I believe I express the feeling of the officers and men of the Army Air Forces when I say to every Air WAC, ‘We are glad you are helping us! Keep up the good job you have begun!’”  

Air WACs from Eau Claire
Air WACs from Eau Claire include First Lieutenant Vivian Bragg Mark, who is serving on the staff of the Second Air Force in Colorado Springs, CO; Private First Class Carol Anderson, who is librarian at the air base in Sioux City, IA; Private First Class Myra Betz, stationed with the WAC Detachment, Gulfport, MS; Sergeant Nina Slaughter, a former teacher in Eau Claire, who is serving with the GAAF, Greenville, MS; Corporal Margaret Anderson, who is a radio tower operator at the air field at Pecos, TX; Private First Class Stella Moss, who is a clerk-typist at the Carlsbad, NM Army Air Base; Private Irene Schacht, who has recently been assigned to the Army Air Field at Merced, CA; Sergeant Florence Severson, who is an instructress in radio mechanics at Sioux Falls, SD; Corporal Mildred Snyder, who is an Air WAC stationed at Charleston, SC; and Corporal Margaret Thompson, who is working to be an air inspector, which is something new for WACs. She is located at Minter Field, Bakersfield, CA.  

Private Myra E. Betz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Betz, Route 3, is now stationed at Gulfport Field, Mississippi, as a WAC clerk in the Engine Operation Branch.  Before entering the service, she was a typist at Ed Phillips and Sons.

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 Myra Betz is home from Gulfport, MS, visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Betz, Route 3.