WACS

Talk of Iowa
11:43 am
Mon August 12, 2013

The World War II Love Story of Otty and Fred Blodi

Otty and Fred Blodi
Ben Stanton / IPR

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.  He was conscripted into the German Army and she eventually joined the US Army.  Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe hears the true World War II love story of Otty and Fred Blodi.

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.

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Iowa Archives
12:00 am
Tue May 3, 2011

WACS Train at Fort Des Moines

An old recruiting poster for the WACs

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.

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