Scott County

Lt. Rosemary Hart

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Rosemary Hart, 1848 West Fourth street, Davenport, has been commissioned a third officer in the Womens' Army Auxiliary Corps at Ft. Des Moines. She was selected for officer training on the basis of her ability and record of work as an auxiliary in the WAAC.

Third officer in the WAAC is the equivalent of second lieutenant. She will be assigned to an executive position on the WAAC Corps immediately taking over a non-combatant army job releasing a soldier for combat duty, or participating in the expanded WAAC training program which eventually will replace a full field army with trained womanpower in behind-the-scenes army jobs.

Source: Quad City Times, June 27, 1943 (photo included)

Rosemary Hart is Promoted to First Lieutenant

Miss Rosemary Hart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.P. Hart, 1848 West Fourth street, first Davenport girl to enlist in the WAC has been promoted from second lieutenant to first lieutenant it was announced today. She enlisted Nov. 16, 1942.

Lt. Hart tool her basic training at Ft. Des Moines and was commissioned there after attending officers school, in June 1943.

She was among a number of Iowa residents whose promotions were announced by the war department.

Source: The Daily Times, October 7, 1944 (photo included)


Davenport's No. 1 enlistment in the WACs, Rosemary Hart, 1848 West Fourth street, has been promoted to the rank of captain, according to the information reaching Davenport Thursday. She is stationed at Ft. Snelling, Minn.

Captain Hart has been in the service two years. She was assigned to the First WAC training center at Ft. Des Moines before going to Ft. Snelling. She was commissioned a second lieutenant in June of 1943 and was promoted to first lieutenant in December of 1944.

Source: The Quad City Times, August 16, 1945

Maj. Rosemary Hart

DAVENPORT -- Services for retired Maj. Rosemary Hart, 89, a lifetime Davenport resident, will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Family Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Davenport. Military services will be conducted at the burial.

Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Halligan-McCave-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, with prayer service offered there at 6

The funeral Mass is being delayed one day due to her sister-in-law, Milda "Millie" Hart's service schedule Wednesday.

Ms Hart died Saturday Oct. 20, 2001, at Brookestone Retirement Center, Omaha, Neb.

Rosemary was bron Feb. 27, 1912, in Davenport, to Leonard P. and Mary M. (Mulvihill) Hart.

Major Hart was very proud of her service to our country. She was the first woman in Davenport to enlist in the Army Women's Corps. She entered in 1942 and served until 19562. Her military career spanned many years and assigments. She served in the Far East, Germany and Japan.

She was a member of the church and Retired Officers Association and the former Mercy Hospital Auxiliary.
After her retirement, she traveled extensively. She especially enjoyed visiting with relatives and friends.

Memorials may be made to the church or Women's Army Corps Museum.

Survivors include many loving nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

Source: The Quad City Times, October 22, 2001 (photo included)