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Interview on experiences in World War II

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Creator: Warner, Ida Sellers

Date: Oct. 28, 1981

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 213581

Biographical sketch: When Ida Sellers Warner enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps she promised her mother that she wouldn't volunteer for overseas service. On April 1, 1943 she left for basic training at Des Moines, Iowa, and soon found out that although she thought she was in good shape, she said, "I found muscles I never knew I had." She served as a teleprinter operator for the rest of the year at Des Moines and at Turner Field in Georgia, before accepting an overseas assignment after Christmas. Along with 300 WACS and 10,000 troops she boarded the Queen Mary in New York harbor for a seven day crossing to Firth of Clyde in Scotland. They went by train to northern England where they trained for two weeks and then were assigned to the bomber command in Essex County where they began operating an emergency homing station for planes in distress. The WACS were on duty 24 hours a day to receive the distress signals, and Mrs. Warner said many came by to see the station because they had helped them get home. They moved across the channel with the Omaha Beach invasion and established a station in Chartres and Heims, France while the units were heading to the Battle of the Bulge. "A few days before Christmas of 1944 all hell broke loose on the ground and in the air," as Mrs. Warner remembers that at one time in the mapping room there were 20 planes in distress. "It was bedlam." Later on the operation moved to Belgium and in October she returned on the Queen Mary and was discharged on October 21, 1945. In 1943 The Women's Army Auxiliary Corps became the Women's Army Corps so she has two honorable discharges. Mrs. Warner returned to Lyons, resuming her newspaper work and then got married.

Summary: Ida Sellers Warner enlisted in the WAC (Women's Army Corps) in 1943 and served until 1945 in the Ninth Air Corps. Interviewed by Carolyn Sayler on Jan 1, 1901, Warner talked about military experiences in the Second World War. This transcript was for a newspaper article to be written by Carolyn Sayler for the Lyons Daily News in October 1981. It was collected as part of this oral history project. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Rice County Historical Society (Lyons) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

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