Leona M. McSorley

Corporal Leona McSorley, who has been serving with Supreme Headquarters, American Expeditionary Forces in England, is now on duty in France, according to a letter just received by her mother, Mrs. David McSorley, this city.

48 Eau Claire Women in WAC; 4 Serve Overseas
Eau Claire has four WACs now serving overseas, according to records at Recruiting Headquarters in the Union National Bank Building here. They are Leona McSorley, Delores Erickson, Mary A. Novacek, and Esther Wisotzke. All are stationed somewhere in England.

The names of approximately forty-eight patriotic women of Eau Claire, who are members of the Women's Army Corps, may now be seen on life-size cardboard WAC figures located in Union National Bank Building, the Post Office, and the Northwestern Depot.

The pictures of at least twenty of these girls may be seen in the display windows of Mouck's Bootery.

The recruiting personnel of Eau Claire would be glad to have names, which may have been omitted, with as much information about them as possible. Should anyone know where pictures of others girls may be obtained, this information would be appreciated. The office is located in 509 Union National Bank Building. The phone is 6021.

Leona McSorley, WAAC Auxiliary, Tells of Training
Auxiliary Leona M. McSorley, recently stationed in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Training Regiment at Camp Polk, has been transferred to the Fourth WAAC Training Camp at Fort Devens, MA. She is the daughter of Mrs. David McSorley of 625 Fifth Avenue, this city, and graduated from St. Patrick's High School and the Eau Claire State Teachers College, before entering the service last November. She had her basic training at Daytona Beach, FL. Her address now is 162nd WAAC Hg. Co, 4th WAAC TC, Fort Devens, MA.

About her experiences as a WAAC, Auxiliary McSorley has written the following account to her friends here: 

"Dear Girls—You asked about the WAAC. It's a grand organization! I may be prejudiced, but I love Army life. It's interesting, exciting, and a bit awe-inspiring, but don't let anyone tell you it isn't hard work and routine—it is. But we also know that our efforts are pooled for only one ultimate goal —a quick and thorough victory. 

"And look what we gave. Sure—our homes, our jobs, our parents temporarily, our cars and easy way of living. In return, we are assuming that we may always have a home free from attack, that we will have something to work for and not be slaves, and that we may have friends without fear of knifing in the back. But—personally, I think these sacrifices, if they can be called such, are very small in comparison to what the fellows are doing. 

"And how grateful the fellows are for a chance to go into active service! We are relieving office workers at air fields and camps and taking over dozens of other jobs when—Bingo!—orders come through, sending a company overseas—never a dull moment.

I could ramble on for days about what goes on, but I must get back to work. And remember the well-dressed woman this summer will be wearing khaki.


Two Eau Claire WACs at Eisenhower Headquarters
HEADQUARTERS, European Theater of Operations—At the Headquarters of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Forces, women of eight countries and four different branches of the military services live together and work side by side. 

They are members of the United States Women's Army Corps, representing 43 states, and the British women's military services, the ATS, WAAF, and WRNS. 

Women from Denmark, Scotland, Australia, Canada, India, South Africa, and England are represented in the ATS, while the WAC consists of citizens of the United States only. 

The Allied Women's Camp, located near Supreme Headquarters, is their home. Here, they share the same mess the same hospital, relax in the same day room, attend the same movies, and sometimes plan days off together. 

Commanding Officer of the camp is Major Edith M. Davis, Royal Oak, Michigan. She is responsible for the general administration of the camp, which is American but, in the billets, the customs and traditions of each service are followed. These vary among the services where personal clothing, equipment, and arrangement of billets are concerned.  

The Allied women work as secretaries, stenographers, clerks, drivers, and in the communications section of Supreme Headquarters.

Commenting on the camp, Lieutenant Colonel Anna W. Wilson of Studio City, CA, European Theater of Operations WAC Staff Director, says: 

"The success of the camp is a splendid. illustration of the adaptability and co-operative spirit of women. Coming from the far corners of the world, of varied backgrounds and education, of different nationalities, they are closely united here in a common effort. Their joint achievements should be a lasting influence toward better understanding among women everywhere."

WACs working at Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Forces, and living in the Allied Women's Camp include two women from Eau Claire, Private First Class Leona McSorley, 625 Fifth Street and Corporal Esther I. O'Hara, 222 Hobart Street.

Private O'Hara is the former Esther Wisotzke. She was married in England about a month ago.