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"...really formed my political and social point of view..."

   Violet Hill Askins Gordon
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Seconding Commanding Officer Violet W. Askins aka Violet Hill Gordon, 1942 [detail]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: WAC (Women's Army Corps)
Unit: 32nd Company; 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion
Service Location: Fort Des Moines, Iowa; Fort Huachuca, Arizona; England; France; European Theater
Rank: Captain
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In summarizing her life experiences, Gordon makes a moving statement about how the Army pushed her in a positive direction. She feels that her experiences in the WAC changed her from a shy, introspective person into a leader. She speaks glowingly of the present day numbers of women of all colors, races, and ranks in active military service.

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