Women’s Army Corps on South Post

Women's Army Corps (WAC) WW II recruiting poster

WHAT WAS ONCE ARLINGTON CANTONMENT

Begun as the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in MAY 1942, it became a branch of the US Army in 1943 then known as the Women's Army Corps (WAC).  During WW II some 150,000 women served in the Army and Fort Myer had its share.   Colonel Oveta Culp Hobby was the first director from 1942 to 1945. At Fort Myer, South Post, they were about 1,900 in number and housed in barracks at what was that time South Post of Fort Myer. They were the first women to serve in the Army other than nurses.  "Images of America - Fort Myer" includes several historical photographs which provide a glimpse of the past service of these women who lived on South Post.  The WAC would continue on as a branch of the US Army until 1978, when those who were serving, were included into the Army based on their military occupational specialty (MOS) Their history is rich and legacy long.  More accounting of their contributions, including a top-secret mission during World War II is found in the book by MAJ Elna Grahn In the Company of Wacs.  They shared South Post Fort Myer with the civilian women who worked in Washington, DC and other Soldiers from what was Headquarters Company of the US Army. South Post was the location of many events while it existed that are milestones in the US Army's history.  These are chronicled in the book Images of America - Fort Myer.

OVER 200 HISTORICAL IMAGES, MAPS and ILLUSTRATIONS

The book was released on 13 JUN 2011 and chronicles the first one hundred years of this Civil War era US Army Post when it was first called Fort Whipple in honor of General Amiel Weeks Whipple.   He commanded the Defenses of Washington using Arlington House as his headquarters.  An autographed copy of the book "Images of America - Fort Myer"  can be had on the page BUY THE BOOK.  Alternative choices of purchase are also offered.

Post Author: John Michael

9 thoughts on “Women’s Army Corps on South Post

    John Michael

    (March 22, 2011 - 1:48 pm)

    South Post would also disappear during the 1970s and eventually all the buildings were razed and the land turned over to Arlington National Cemetery for gravesites.

    DAWN LA MEE

    (March 22, 2011 - 1:56 pm)

    I THINK THIS WILL BE A GREAT GIFT FOR MY HUSBAND & IT’S COMING OUT JUST IN TIME FOR HIS BIRTHDAY ;D

    Michael Patterson

    (March 22, 2011 - 2:24 pm)

    I REALLY cannot wait for this book to hit the streets. Fort Myer is such an important part of American history, all the way from the Civil War to now.

    Tom Regan

    (March 22, 2011 - 11:40 pm)

    Yes, I remember Wac’s! I had an old girlfriend in the Wac unit at Ft. Lawton, WA. The MP detachment and the Wac Barracks were side by side there. We MP’s use to eat and pul KP in their Messhall. This was in 1949 — 1951.

    Beth Donovan

    (March 23, 2011 - 1:09 pm)

    I was in one of the last WAC basic training classes in 1976 at Ft. McClellan, Alabama when I enlisted in the US Army Reserve under the CASP program. It was in July, and very hot, and I got in shape quickly!

    Khalida

    (March 24, 2011 - 8:38 am)

    Very grateful to the women of the WAC for paving the way for modern Woman Warriors today….

    Karen Erickson

    (March 30, 2011 - 10:42 pm)

    Very interested in reading the book. Was stationed at South Post from 1962 – 1964, WAC barracks 503.

      Fay (Keller) Leet

      (November 4, 2016 - 2:46 pm)

      I was there from 1961-1964. I don’t remember of my building – it was the 2nd one from the street.

    Ken Wilson

    (July 18, 2017 - 3:59 pm)

    My wife and I met as teenagers at Fort Myer South Post in 1959 where are Warrant Officer Dads had us living in Maine Hall. We were married at the Fort Myer South Post chapel in 1962 and we have some excellent pictures of the chapel in our wedding album. We have lots of fond memories of those days.

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