Polk County

Patricia A. Griffin


Danced in England, Didn't Get to See Their Husbands

Two Des Moines girls were recently returned from a two-month tour of England as United States Organizations (U.S.O.) dancers had only one disappointment during the trip.

Both their husbands were stationed in England at the time, they think, but they didn't get to see them or talk to them.
The dancers, Maxine Van Lissel Wolfe, 26, and Patricia Griffin, 21, appeared Tuesday night before the Navy Mothers club at the Y.M.C.A.


The dancers flew to England and back and will leave again this week for New York where they will leave for overseas again.

Maxine is the daughter of Mrs. Eva Van Lissel, West Des Moines. Patricia's parents and Mr. and Mrs. Bert Ashman, 151 Sixth ave.

Source: The Des Moines Register, May 17, 1944 (photo of the girls included)

Des Moines in the Services

Patricia A. Griffin, specialist, third class, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.A. Ashman, 3947 Fifty-seventh st., on a nine-day leave from Washington, D.C. She is also visiting her husband's parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Griffin, 3207 Forty-ninth st. Her husband, Jack, electrician's mate, second class, is in the European theater.

Source: Des Moines Tribune, June 19, 1945