Lady GI: A Woman's War in the South Pacific: the Memoir of Irene Brion

Lady GI: A Woman's War in the South Pacific: the Memoir of Irene Brion

Lady GI: A Woman's War in the South Pacific: the Memoir of Irene Brion

Lady GI: A Woman's War in the South Pacific: the Memoir of Irene Brion

Synopsis

Private Brion was a recruit serving in the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps, the forerunner of the Women's Army Corps, throughout WW2. In this memoir she details what life was like in the American forces.

Excerpt

In the following account of my experiences in the Women's Army Corps (and its predecessor, the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps) during World War II, I have relied largely upon my memory, assisted by a brief outline of events that I jotted down the first year after the war, letters preserved by Margery Cady and Sue Cross Santa Maria and kindly lent to me, scrapbook items, and photos and shared experiences remembered by several of my fellow Wacs. To avoid the pitfalls inherent in such an approach--memory can be capricious, especially when recalling events that occurred so long ago-- I have taken special care to include mainly those incidents that can be verified by the sources mentioned. Dates of letters and information from scrapbook items were particularly useful in placing myriad memories in the best possible chronological order. Photos, many of which I inspected minutely, were valuable in reconstructing details of landscapes and buildings, although I have always found that sensory recollections come easily. the same is true for recalling personal feelings.

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