Chickasaw County

Helen K. Hettler




Sworn into WAVES

Miss Helen K. Hettler, 9 Madison avenue northwest, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Hettler of New Hampton, has been sworn into the WAVES. Miss Hettler is continuing her work at the Standard Oil office until she receives her call to report for active duty and training at Oklahoma A and M. She was recently transferred from Davenport to Mason City by the Standard Oil company.

Source: Globe-Gazette, Mason City IA - November 20, 1942

New Hampton Girl Now Stationed in Florida With WAVES

Miss Helen Hettler, third class, petty officer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Hettler, New Hampton, Ia., and formerly of Davenport is now stationed at the naval air base at Jacksonville, Fla.

She was sworn into the WAVES on Nov. 12, 1942 and was formerly employed in the main office of the Standard Oil Co. in Mason City. She received her indoctrination course at Stillwater, Okla. Her work now at the airbase is in the boot camp through which all men must pass before being indoctrinated. She is in charged of the order department.

Source: The Daily Times, Davenport IA - May 20, 1943 (photo included)

ON ADMIRAL'S STAFF -- Helen Hettler, yeoman 3/c of the WAVES has been given a post in the admiral's staff at the Naval Air station at Jacksonville, Fla. Yeoman Hettler whose family lives at North Hampton was formerly employed in the office of the Standard and Oil company at Mason City.

One of the duties of the staff is to transport the rear admiral around the country to naval air stations.

According to a letter received by Mr. and Mrs. H.L Hettler of New Hampton from their daughter, Yeoman Hettler, she has opportunities to fly. She writes, "I loved it here and my officers are tops. I get off at noon Saturdays, daily hours from 8 to 4:30 with 1 1/2 hours lunch time and also have Sunday off. Mom, I love to fly."

Yeoman Hettler describers a visit paid to the Ringling Brothers circus and also tells of attending an American Legion luncheon meeting at which the WAVES put on a program, explaining their duties.

Source: Globe-Gazette, Mason City IA - November 26, 1943 (photo included)