Gladys Grinsel

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 Gladys Grinsel, who recently enlisted in the Women's Air Corps, has had the interesting experience of being "on the ground" of the historic Quebec conference. The following communication from Fort Oglethorpe, GA will be of interest to Private Grinsel's many friends in Eau Claire. 

FT. OGLETHORPE, GA—Private Gladys Grinsel of Eau Claire, WI, one of the WACs who participated behind the scenes and helped make history at the recent Quebec Conference, has arrived at the Third WAC Training Center here.

Attached to a Signal Corps Service Company in charge of all telephone communications at the conference, the WACs worked hard and won commendation for their services from Major General  H. C. Ingles, Chief of Army Communications. 

They handled about 4,000 calls a day; set up a telephone directory; received and delivered messages from the fighting fronts to the chiefs of staffs assembled at Quebec; were waved at by Winston Churchill, and smiled at by Anthony Eden. In eight-hour shifts, they manned the switchboard, guarded night and day by MPs and Canadian Mounties, as they gave 24-hour service to important calls of military significance to and from the conference. 

Private Grinsel is the daughter of Mrs. Alice Stevens, 311Garfield Avenue, Eau Claire.

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An interesting note was also received from Lieutenant Vilma Vogler, Red Cross nurse serving in Sicily. Lieutenant Vogler is a graduate of the Luther Hospital School of Nursing and was a member of the hospital staff before her enlistment.  

"Dear Friends: 
I am enjoying a swim each day in the beautiful blue Mediterranean Sea that is surrounded by high rocky cliffs. All the land here must be irrigated but every inch that can be cultivated is put to use. They raise fine fruits—figs, oranges, tangerines, plums, lemons, dates, grapes, pears, peaches, apples, and melons as well as olives, almonds and walnuts. The vegetables, too, are wonderful and surely have added much to our Army rations which, of course, is all canned food. 

I have had a touch of malaria but am in good health now. I enjoy it all so much and say, to all my friends, 'Join the Army Nurse Corps and see the world.' Best wishes to all, LT. VILMA VOGLER" 

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In the honor roll of Red Cross workers who have given their time during August—five names were inadvertently omitted from the list of workers in the Luther Hospital workroom. We apologize and, here, recognize the work done by these women. 

They are Hazel L. Baker, 41 1/2 hours; Mrs. Al Froseth, 36 3/4 hours; Mrs. B. L. Peters, 26 hours; Mrs. Eugene Stoll 43 1/2 hours; and Mrs. Charles Eick, 32 1/4 hours.

Private Gladys Grinsell, now stationed at Sante Fe, NM, is home on furlough.

Private First Class Gladys Grinsel is here from Santa Fe, NM, visiting her mother, Mrs. Alice Stevens.