Thousands of American female volunteers stepped forward to serve in the armed forces of the United States during World War Two. Here is a rare lineup photo of women wearing the uniform of various military services, including the United States Navy, Army, Air Corps, Women's Army Corps (WACs), US Coast Guard (SPARS), US Marines, and military nurses.
CLARK GABLE serving as an gunner during in WWII. He signed up for duty following the tragic death of his wife Carole Lombard, who was on a war bond tour when her plane crashed. The grief-striken Gable served with a bomber squad in Europe. Due to his fame and heroism, Hitler put a bounty on Gable's head.
1944- American troops entering Paris get kissed by French girls, joyful over their liberation from Nazi rule.
German Order Police checkpoint on the arterial road to Strasbourg, August 1940. The young lady appears justifiably fearful, especially since a man in uniform is also shooting her photograph. Such control exercises often resulted in unkind experiences at the slightest suspicion of foul play.
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New York City: Chips, the mongrel dog who received a Silver Star for heroism in the invasion of Sicily, gets a friendly pat from William Wilson, Railway Express Co. employee, as he arrived in New York City this morning on his way home to Pleasantville, N.Y. Chips is the only animal to hold the award because just after he received it, the War Department ordered that only human beings would receive it. He will resume civilian life as the pet of Edward J. Wren and family.
Nedra Dawson Patrick on the Philippine island of Leyte during her service as an Army nurse during World War II. Her family writes that this photo of Patrick in her “work uniform” was taken by another nurse just after arrival at the jungle hospital where she worked. Her shoes had been stolen, and the only footwear available on the island was a pair of size 13 boots (to go along with the too-long pants).
French women greeting troops liberating their town on June 18th 1940, waving the British Flag (Union Jack). The troops are Canadian.
1943- Among many innocent furnishings in a simulated French village used to train soldiers at a Western Signal Corps Training Center is this attractive, partially draped painting. All Pvt. Gerald Snitz has to do is unveil the gal and he'll get "blown up" by a booby trap attached to the drape.