Black Hawk County

Cpl. Evelyn V. Heer



Cpl. Evelyn Heer, 23, daughter, WAC radio operator with the army air forces at Mitchell Field, Long Island.

Mother Joins WAC, Son Joins Navy, Making Five Members of Heer Family in Service

Another Son prisoner of Japs; Husband in Army in Iran; Daughter also in WAC.


Evelyn, who was employed by the Chamberlain corporation, quit her job in September, 1942, to join the WAC. She had studied radio through national youth administration classes in Waterloo ad was therefore given further training along this line and classified as a radio technician.

Source: The Courier (Waterloo, IA) August 6, 1943 (photo included)

70 Pct. Of Iowa WACs From Fighting Families

A survey of approximately 70 per cent of the total Iowa WAC enlistment reveals its close integration with the war effort through service of members overseas and in this county, and through other members of their families.


A 100 per cent war service family is that of the Earl Heers, Cedar Falls.  The five members are:  Pvt. Bessie E. Heer, the mother, and Corp. Evelyn V. Heer, the daughter, in the WAC; Pvt. (f.c.) Earl O. Heer, the father, overseas; Pvt. Robert S. Heer, a Japanese prisoner; and James Heer, in the navy.

Source: Des Moines Register, December 5, 1943

Corporal Heer in 'Invasion"

WAC Cpl. Evelyn Heer (center), 133 Falls Avenue, Waterloo, helped conduct a different kind of 'invasion' recently at Mitchell field, N.Y., when eight WACs moved into the radio station of the army airways communications system to relieve eight soldiers for overseas duty. At left is Cpl. Doris M. Beaber, New York City; right, Pvt. Minnie L. Wessel, Belmond, Ia.

Source: The Courier, (Waterloo IA) January 23, 1944 (photo included)