Polk County

Cpl. Mary Emma Gouger




Question: Will the "midnight curfew" on entertainment places imposed by War Mobilization Direct James F. Byrnes be a hardship on you?

Mary Gouger, 22, of 1939 Franklin ave., office worker: "No. I'm going into the Marine Corps and won't have much time for that."

Source: Des Moines Register, February 23, 1945 (photo included)

Des Moines in the Services

Pvt. Mary Emma Gouger, daughter of Mrs. Margaret Lindel, 1939 Franklin ave., recently enlisted in the marine corps and soon will report for duty at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Source: Des Moines Tribune, February 24, 1945

Intent on their studies at Des Moines Technical school are (left to right) Richard Anderson, 22, Fort Dodge; Mrs. Violet Johnson, 23, of 506 Boyd st, and Mary Gouger, 21, 1939 Franklin ave.

Mary Gouger, served as a corporal in the marines auxiliary at Camp Joseph H. Pendleton, Cal. She worked in an auditor's office and decided she would like to be an accountant.

The fact that she had dropped out of North High school in her sophomore year blocked her way to college. In Des Moines Tech, she saw the opportunity to make up the credits she needs by Fall when she will enroll in Drake university.

Source: Des Moines Register, July 7, 1946 (group photo included)