Carmen N. Hoeppner

JOIN NAVY TOGETHER--MILES APART--With telephone aid, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Hoeppner of Eau Claire, WI joined the Navy together. 

Hoeppner (left) took his oath from Lieutenant Commander Gerald Ellick in Milwaukee, and his wife took hers from Lieutenant Commander P. J. McNurlen in Minneapolis. (NEA Telephoto)

MILWAUKEE, January 21 (AP) — Willard Hoeppner , 31, and his wife, Carmen, 26, of Eau Claire, WI were sworn into the Navy at the same time Tuesday but they were 300 miles apart.

Willard was administered the oath in Milwaukee by Lieutenant Commander Gerald C. Ellick and became a Radio Technician, First Class. Carmen took her oath at Minneapolis and became a WAVE.

The Minneapolis Office of Naval Officer Procurement has jurisdiction over Eau Claire for WAVEs and the Milwaukee Office Naval Recruiting Service has jurisdiction for men of that city, so the ceremonies had to be held in both cities. 

A long distance telephone hookup enabled the couple to hear each other being sworn in.

Six Waves End Training and Receive Assignments
Eighty Northwest WAVES, who recently completed their boot training at Hunter College, have now reported to 10 different specialized schools and five other active duty stations, according to Howard Whamond, Specialist First Class (R) United States Naval Reserve, Recruiter in Charge, Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls Navy Recruiting Stations. 

Eau Claire girls and their assignments are Katherine D. Moussette, Seaman Second Class, 124 1/2 North Oxford, direct assignment to Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA; Carmen N. Hoeppner, Seaman Second Class, 414 Summer Street, gunnery; Betty J. Mittelstadt, Seaman Second Class, 525 Hudson Street, Naval Training School (aircraft), Chicago, IL; Patricia E. Eusty, Seaman Second Class, 708 Chippewa Street, Naval Training School, Chicago, IL; Mary J. Cary, Seaman Second Class, 812 Oxford Avenue, Yeoman; Mary A. Shilts, Seaman Second Class, direct assignment to Washington, DC. 

Classification for these various Navy billets is the major responsibility of Hunter College, and selection is based on the candidate's choice, the result of comprehensive aptitude tests, past business experience, and the need of the Navy. 

The largest number of WAVES reported to the Navy Yeoman Schools at Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls, Iowa and Oklahoma A & M College, Stillwater, Oklahoma. All girls included in this category have had some office experience, previous to entering the WAVES, as clerks, stenographers, secretaries, office girl, typists, or supervisors. 

The Hospital Corps claimed the next largest number of girls. Previous experience is not necessary for this field, but a request must come from the girl herself before she is considered for this type of duty. Training for beginners is given at the Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD. Technicians with previous hospital experience are sent directly to the Naval Hospital, St. Albans, Long Island, NY for more advance training in their specialties.

A dozen northwest girls were retained at Hunter College, pending their assignment in other specialized schools, for which their background and experience qualified them, such as mail clerks, supervisors, personnel classifiers, photographers; IBM operators.

Aircraft Instrument Maintenance School, Chicago and the Radio School, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio took three Northwest WAVES each.

Other schools to which WAVES, enlisted through the Minneapolis WAVE Office, reported are Control Tower Operator and Link Trainer Instructor, Atlanta, GA; Aerial Gunnery Instructor, Pensacola, FL; Photograph Research, Anacostia, MD; and Storekeeper, Milledgeville, GA. 

West Coast naval stations to which WAVES were sent on direct assignment included San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Pasco, WA. Five others reported to Washington, DC.

Eau Claire Girl in WAVEs Wins Honor in Florida
PENSACOLA, FL October 17—An Eau Claire, WI WAVE, stationed at Pensacola and  married to a Navy man, today was designated "Pensacola's adopted daughter from the state of Wisconsin" in the city's WAVE Adoption Program to honor 1,700 WAVEs from 48 states serving at the Naval Air Training Base, Pensacola, Annapolis of the Air, and birthplace of  naval aviation. 

The Wisconsin "adoptee" announced Mrs. L. C. Parks, prominent clubwoman and co-chairman of the Adoption Committee, is Carmen N. Hoeppner, 414 Summer Street, Eau Claire. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Fossum of Grantsburg, WI. Her husband is Radio Technician, First Class, W. C. Hoeppner, United States Navy. 

A Gunnery Specialist Third Class, Mrs. Hoeppner is stationed at the Naval Air Station Gunnery School. She enlisted in Eau Claire and came to Pensacola in May 1944, following "boot" training at USS Hunter, Bronx, New York. 

Mrs. Hoeppner attended Eau Claire State Teachers College following her graduation from Grantsburg High School. At the time of her enlistment, she was employed in the Loan Department of the American National Bank & Trust Company, Eau Claire. 

Pensacola's WAVE Adoption Program, lauded by United States Senator David I. Walsh, Chairman of the Senate Naval Affairs Committee, on his recent visit to the NATB, Pensacola, is designed "to make the Navy's splendid young women realize that they are highly esteemed and warmly welcomed in Pensacola," said Mrs. Parks. 

The Adoption Program is sponsored by the City of Pensacola, represented by Mayor Walter E. Wicke and City Manager Adrian Langford, together with representatives of Pensacola clergy, civic groups, and patriotic organizations.