Monday, May 11, 2015

The Mount's WWII Veterans

Undated list (ca. mid-1940s) of Mount alumnae in military
or civilian service during World War II.

WE CAME ACROSS AN INTERESTING DOCUMENT in the Alumnae Association archives the other day that, in spite of its age, is remarkably timely.

It is a list of 18 Mount alumnae who served in World War II. Although (typically) there is no date on the yellowed typescript, the sheet is titled "In the Service of Our Country: World War II." One of the women graduated in 1944, so perhaps the list was drawn up not long afterwards, that is, before any of the Class of '45 enlisted.

These 20- and 30-something Mounties served in the medical field (Army and Navy corps and Red Cross) and women's branches of the Army Air Corps (WACs) and Navy (WAVES.)

As the world marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II (May 8 for the war in Europe and September 2 for the war with Japan) we can honor our {Unstoppable} Mount veterans for stepping up to serve their country -- both our current veterans and those who served in a bygone era. We bless you for your service.

The Mount's World War II heroes:
  • Gertrude Boland '36, WAVES
  • Mary Olive Bunce '36, WAC
  • Helen Coogan '41, WAVES
  • Gertrude Feenan '39, WAVES
  • Beatrice Genevra '41, WAVES
  • Irene Groehler '37, WAVES
  • Christine Huse '44, Army Medical Corps
  • Margaret Donovan Kelly '37, WAVES
  • Ethel Kristofek '39, WAVES
  • Mary McDevett '33, American Red Cross
  • Margaret McGuirk '44, Navy Nursing Corps
  • Jacqueline Moffatt '39, WAVES
  • Mary Shannon '43, WAVES
  • Elizabeth Sheridan '39, Army Nursing Corps
  • Helen Shubert '32, American Red Cross
  • Shirley Timewell '34, Army Nursing Corps
  • Frances Williams '40, Army Medical Corps