Cerro Gordo County

Betty Bruns

A Big Day for the WAVES -- 15 Iowa Girls Join

Monday was a big day for girls to join the WAVES as 15 Iowa girls took the oath and received their orders for training at the old federal building. The girls are (left to right, seated): Marjorie Drayton, Algona; Betty George, Clare; Evelyn Johnson, Fort Dodge; (second row, seated) Winifred Plumb, Algona; June Gray, Belmond; and June Steadman, 2801 Westover blvd.; (standing) Veleta Richards, Burlington; Beatrice Longworth, 3315 Seventh st.; Betty Carlisle, Burlington; Phyllis Robinson, Shelby; Mabel Lindstrom, Fort Dodge; Betty Bruns, Mason City; Loretta Peterson, Fort Dodge; Lucille Kuecker, Algona; (in fur coat) Betty Doyle, 3519 Crocker st.

Source: The DesMoines Register, December 28, 1943 (photo included)

HOME ON LEAVE --Miss Betty Bruns, S 1/c (AMN) has been spending a 5 day leave from her duties as a WAVE with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bruns, 631 Massachusetts S.E. She planned to leave for Philadelphia where she is stationed at the Naval Air Material center Wednesday night. Miss Bruns was sworn into the WAVES a year ago in December and completed her boot training last February.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, November 15, 1944 (photo included)

GETS NEW RATING -- Miss Betty Bruns, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bruns, 631 Massachusetts S.E., has received the rating of petty officer 3-C in the WAVES. She is an aviation machinists mate, stationed at Philadelphia. Miss Bruns began her boot training at Hunter College, New York, about a year ago, took further training at Norman, Okla., where she was graduated from the naval air technical training center.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, January 6, 1945 (photo included)