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"Hello Mom: Well, I’m in the Army now. Pvt. Gandreau, doesn’t that sound important?" (Letter to mother, 7/8/1945)

   Audrae Marie Miller Gandreau
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Audrae Gandreau in uniform [ca. 1945]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: WAC (Women's Army Corps)
Unit: WAC Detachment Headquarters, Army Ground Forces, Fort Monroe
Service Location: Fort Des Moines, Iowa; Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Monroe, Virginia
Rank: Technician Four
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Enlisting in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in late June 1945, Technician Four Audrae Marie Miller Gandreau served first at Fort Benning, Georgia, and then at Fort Monroe, Virginia. Despite some initial hesitation about her decision to enlist—particularly the physical training, known as PT, that was part of basic training—she grew enthusiastic about both her work in Army administration and also her fellow soldiers. Writing her mother on October 10, 1945, she explained, "I’m meeting people from every (and I mean every) walk of life, and in uniform, we are all one big happy family." Her letters provide a glimpse into the life of a WAC serving stateside, and the interactions between genders in a field that had previously been off-limits to women.

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Letter of separation from the Armed Services [2/28/1947] Certificate of achievement Honorable Discharge [3/8/1947]
Letter of discharge [3/8/1947] Separation Qualification Record Honorable Discharge and Military History
Request for grave reservation [2/14/1956]  
  
 Personal Correspondence (23 items)
Letter to her mother from Audrae Gandreau [07/04/1945] Postcard to her mother from Audrae Gandreau [07/1945] Postcard to her mother from Audrae Gandreau [07/07/1945]
Letter to her mother from Audrae Gandreau [07/07/1945] Letter to her mother from Audrae Gandreau [07/08/1945] Letter to her mother from Audrae Gandreau [07/14/1945]
Letter to her mother from Audrae Gandreau [07/15/1945] Letter to her mother from Audrae Gandreau [07/22/1945] Letter to her mother from Audrae Gandreau [08/01/1945]
Letter to her mother et al. from Audrae Gandreau [08/04/1945] Letter to her mother from Audrae Gandreau [08/07/1945] Letter to her mother from Audrae Gandreau [07/25/1945]
Letter to her mother from Audrae Gandreau [08/13/1945] Letter to her mother from Audrae Gandreau [08/20/1945] Letter to her mother from Audrae Gandreau [09/01/1945]
Letter to her mother from Audrae Gandreau [08/25/1945] Letter to her mother from Audrae Gandreau [09/17/1945] Letter to her mother from Audrae Gandreau [09/05/1945]
Letter to her mother from Audrae Gandreau [09/15/1945] Letter to her mother from Audrae Gandreau [09/24/1945] Letter to her mother from Audrae Gandreau [10/01/1945]
Letter to her mother from Audrae Gandreau [10/10/1945] Letter to her mother from Audrae Gandreau [10/19/1945] 
  
 

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