Polk County

Lt. Elizabeth G. Berryhill




Lieut. Elizabeth G. Berryhill, member of a pioneer Iowa family, has been named officer in charge of WAC recruitment for the Des Moines area by Capt. Robert G. Bullock, commanding officer of the Iowa recruiting district. Offices are on the first floor of the old federal building.

James G. Berryhill, her grandfather, was a lawyer and member of the state legislature for several years. His wife served as president of the Des Moines women's club from 1892 to 1893.

Parents Active Here

Lieutenant Berryhill's parents, Mr. and Mrs. James G. Berryhill, jr. also were active in Iowa affairs, Mrs. Berryhill serving as voice instructor at Drake university. The moved to Berkeley, Cal., and Lieutenant Berryhill made her first visit to the state as a member of the first WAC officer class at Fort Des Moines.

She served as supply officer and platoon commander and later took charge of a squadron after her graduation in December, 1942.

With WACaravan

She was sent to the army air base at Topeka, Kan., in May, 1943, to activate and command a WAC detachment. She was in Des Moines as a recruiting officer at the bases' Air WACaravan last May.

Lieutenant Berryhill was graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1941.

Source: The Des Moines Register, August 23, 1944 (photo included)