Call of Duty: A Montana Girl in World War II by Grace Porter Miller

By Grace Porter Miller

The memoir of Grace Porter Miller, one of many 300,000 American girls who fought in international battle II. After becoming a member of the Women's military Auxiliary Corps, Porter used to be assigned to forces in England, the place she served as a cryptographic technician close to front strains of strive against.

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There was surprisingly little friction between the girls, especially considering the diversity of backgrounds. The WAAC was a new outfit, and we all were excited at being part of it, anxious to do our best to live up to its standards, and a little afraid of this complete change in our lives. The result was that we were pulled together, not apart, and soon became a unit. At first, there were no blacks in our company at Fort Des Moines, but while we were there a group of black recruits (mainly from Chicago) came in.

You must be absolutely quiet until further notice. We have just discovered an enemy submarine in our close vicinity. All motors on the ship have been shut down and all communications have ceased. We ask you to please cooperate for the safety of everyone aboard. Return to your cabins immediately. No talking. No noise whatsoever. Put on your life jackets. Go to your bunks at once and remain there until further notification. We are going into total blackout in exactly one Page 2 minute. Please accomplish these orders with all possible speed.

And I was encouraged to think for myself, not just to follow the crowd. Women in my family were strong-willed and independent. Both sides of the family had come to this country from Europe in the ten or twenty years after the Mayflower. They raised large families in the New World's wilderness. After her husband's early death, one of my great-great-grandmothers took over as canalboat captain and raised a large family on their boat on the Erie Canal. Another was scalped by the Indians and left for dead, then led a long, busy life, wearing a cap to cover her scars.

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