WACS http://iowapublicradio.org en The World War II Love Story of Otty and Fred Blodi http://iowapublicradio.org/post/world-war-ii-love-story-otty-and-fred-blodi <p>When Otty Schmakal left Austria at the beginning of World War II, she left behind her homeland and a fiancé who was training to be a doctor.&nbsp; He was conscripted into the German Army and she eventually joined the US Army.&nbsp; Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe hears the true World War II love story of Otty and Fred Blodi.</p><p>Charity also speaks with Tom Morain, of Graceland University, who provides insight on the Women's Army Auxillary Corps in Des Moines, as well as other WWII preparation efforts.</p><p></p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:43:23 +0000 Charity Nebbe, Ben Stanton & Emily Woodbury 27328 at http://iowapublicradio.org The World War II Love Story of Otty and Fred Blodi WACS Train at Fort Des Moines http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wacs-train-fort-des-moines <p>A new museum exhibit is coming together that will tell the story of how gender equality came to the U.S. Army. It all started at Fort Des Moines.</p><p></p> Tue, 03 May 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 31841 at http://iowapublicradio.org WACS Train at Fort Des Moines