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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Woody, Travis

Date: November 18, 2005

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 211503

Biographical sketch: Travis Dewey-Woody was teaching high school math in Dover, Arkansas in 1943 when she enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corp. She had to finish out the school term and wasn't called until May of 1943. She got on a troop train in Little Rock and went to Oglethorpe, Maryland for basic training. When finished she received orders to go to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland where her job was a computer. At that time they didn't have computers so your job was similar to what a computer would do. They would take data from an unknown bombing section and make the chart that the pilots used to drop bombs. There was an IBM machine they could feed the data into but it took three days to set it up and sometimes they didn't have that much time before the information was needed. She was at the Aberdeen Proving Ground except for four months of school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where they studied more Math. As she had already completed the math courses in college she said that she learned a lot about teaching methods from the teacher and later used them in her own classroom. The food was good on the base, the women had their own mess hall and the only time any men were there would be if someone had invited them. The men accepted them for the most part and they were allowed to date with the exception they were not to associate with officers. Some of the women test drove trucks and tested ammunition and they could hear guns going off day and night. She described the uniforms they wore and how she hated the cotton hose, shoes had a low, walking heel. There are a few of her group that she still keeps in contact with today but she hasn't attended any reunions. They receive the same benefits as a veteran that the men do. In September, after the end of the war, she got a letter from the superintendent of schools back home and showed it to her commanding officer who started processing her out. She was discharged on September 30th and went home to teach math and science. Later she married and raised a family, moving to Kansas where her husband's work was. They lived at Kalvesta for about ten years before moving to Cimarron, where they now reside.

Summary: Sergeant Woody enlisted in the WAC: Women's Army Corps in 1943 and served until 1945. Interviewed by Joyce Suellentrop on Nov 18, 2005, Woody talked about military experiences in the Second World War. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the nine community institutions that received these grants. The transcript from the interview is presented here; the original audio copy of the interview is available through the Gray County Veterans Memorial & Archives and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

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Title (Main title): Interview on experiences in World War II

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