Marie Louise Pihlblad Papers, 1942-1945 | Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives
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Scope and Contents: Marie Louise Pihlblad was a member of the Women's Army Corp (WAC) during World War II. Correspondence from Marie Louise Pihlblad begins in August 1942 and ends in April 1945. Letters detail Pihlblad's daily routine as a WAC; life in the WAC barracks and mess hall at Camp Lee; USO shows; her brief stay at Washington and Lee University where she attended military classes; and her social activities and personal travels. Described in detail are the WAC uniforms, including elements of design, patterns, seasonal fabrics, colors, and cost. Also frequently mentioned in letters is the financial situation of WACs, including the changing rules concerning WACs being able to claim dependents for financial aid as servicemen were able to do. All letters in the collection are written to her mother, Louise Kiesling, of Los Angeles, California. There is only one letter from August 1942. The rest of the correspondence is from November 1943 to April 1945.