Cerro Gordo County

Helen Jean Horton



GETS RATING -- Mr. and Mrs. Benton O. Horton, 954 5th S.E., have received word that their daughter, Helen Jean, has received the rank of aviation machinist's mate 3/C, in the WAVES after completing a 21 weeks course at Norman, Okla. She is now located in Beeville, Texas, in the Corpus Christi area. Miss Horton enlisted in the WAVES in March and took her boot training in New York. She is a graduate of the Mason City high school and junior college.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, Nov. 26, 1943 (photo included)


Throughout the continental United States some 1,600 girls are helping with the war by serving their country as WAVES. The tasks at which the Iowans are working are typical of the varied and interesting jobs the WAVES are doing to replace men for the fighting front. The national recruiting quota is 1,200 a week and by the end of 1944 the navy hopes to have 94,000 WAVES.


Helen Horton, aviation machinist's mate third class, Mason City, services plane engines at Chase Field, Texas.

Source: The Des Moines Register, February 20, 1944 (photo included)