‘Born To Be Soldiers: Those Plucky Women of World War II‘ contains stories of 13 women I interviewed who told me of volunteering to enter the military to support their country.
After my three latest books held mostly accounts from men, it’s fun and exciting to have a book just for the ladies.
The branches the women volunteered for included the US Navy, US Army, Coast Guard, Army Nurse Corps, Army Air Corps. They served as pilots (first ever in the American military), nurses, code-breakers, and secretaries.
Their presence made it possible for men holding those positions to go overseas to serve. The women often found antagonism against their enlisting, but persevered.
Several also found love.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m posting a snippet below of a story of romance from the book.
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Excerpt from Polly Lipscomb’s story in Born To Be Soldiers: Those Plucky Women of World War II:
(background: Polly Woodhull had been stationed in Taunton, England at the 67th Hospital. There she had met Alec Lipscomb, an ambulance driver for the hospital. Although Polly was an officer and not permitted to date an enlisted soldier, she and Alec spent time together at the movies and on bike ride away from the hospital. Then Polly took on a new duty that threatened their courtship.)
…Things were going well until Polly was assigned a new duty, one that nearly derailed the couple’s relationship for good.
To deter the enemy’s awareness of Allied progress should a piece of mail fall into enemy hands, each piece of American military personal correspondence was read by censors on the base from which it originated. These censors – all military personnel — carefully blacked out any words or phrases that relayed information about the Allied war effort.
Polly was assigned to read mail sent from the 67th’s motor pool. What she read surprised her, especially the letters written by Alec. She knew he was a healthy 28-year-old American male. What she didn’t realize was how popular he was with women back home. Letters he wrote to females in California and Oklahoma came across her desk.
What really annoyed Polly was that they were filled with ‘one-liners’ – statements Alec created that he felt succinctly relayed his sentiments.
Polly recognized the one-liners for what they were. He had often repeated them to her. He had even confessed that he and his tent-mates worked together at night to create the one-liners for their girlfriends.
Polly cared for Alec, but the one-liners and letters had to stop if their relationship was to continue.
How do you think this wrinkle in their courtship was resolved?
What romantic story do you have for Valentine’s Day? Share in the comments below.