Louisa County

Sgt. Dorothy Hanft




Five Iowa women took the women's army auxiliary corps oath from Capt. Robert Jacques at the army recruiting office Saturday. They are (left to right) Alice Barden, Cedar Rapids; Kathryn Bolte, Sioux City; Dorothy Hanft and Arline Tichenor, both of Davenport, and Esther Patterson, 2540 Des Moines st.

Eight more Iowa women were sworn in Saturday as auxiliaries (privates) in the women's army auxiliary corps at Des Moines army recruiting offices. They were:

Miss Esther Patterson, 30, a laboratory technician, of 2540 Des Moines st; Miss Nina Talbott, 25, of 2131 Cottage Grove ave; Pauline Giannoble, 24, a photograph printers, of 2900 S.W. Ninth st; Chassi L Belvel, 25, a domestic worker, of 51 S.W. Thirty-fifth st, Kathryn M. Bolte, 21, an officer worker. of Sioux City; Arline Tichenor, 28, a cosmetologist of Davenport; Dorothy Hanft, 23, an office worker of Davenport and Alice C. Barden, 23, of Cedar Rapids.

Source: The Des Moines Register, August 9, 1942 (photo included)

JUNIOR LEADER -- Miss Dorothy Hanft, daughter of Clyde J. Hanft, Columbus Junction, Ia., spent a brief furlough visiting relatives in Columbus Junction. One of the first volunteers for the W.A.A.C. in eastern Iowa, Miss Hanft was recently advance to the rank of Junior Leader.

She is serving in the office at Ft. Des Moines, Ia. During her visit, Miss Hanft was honored by a family dinner in the home of her sister, Mrs. Harry Snyder.

Source: Quad City Times, December 13, 1942 (photo included)

First Sergeant Dorothy Hanft, of Columbus Junction, is in the WAAC's at Randolph Field, Tex.

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, June 12, 1943

Columbus Junction:

Sgt. Dorothy Hanft of the WAC has arrived safely in England, according to a letter written June 10 to her sister, Mrs. Harry Snyder, of Fredonia.

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, July 8, 1944

With Those in the Service

Sgt. Hanft Serves With WAC Abroad

Columbus Junction -- First Sgt. Dorothy Hanft of Columbus Junction is now serving with a WAC detachment at an air service command depot somewhere in England. Her detachment of WACs is assigned to duty in communications and administration work at an aircraft repair and modification depot. Sgt. Hanft was formerly employed at the Gazette office her. She entered the service in August 1942. She is the daughter of Clyde H. Hanft, of Burlington.

Source: Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, October 28, 1944