Pottawattamie County

Loretta Keiderling



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.


Loretta Keiderling, storekeeper third class, Council Bluffs, handles special pay accounts at the San Diego Naval Training station.

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

EX-WAVE TAKES TRAINING -- At the wheels controls of a modern aircraft, ex-WAVE Loretta Keiderling receives pre-flight instructions from Instructor Bill Shields. Miss Keiderling, the first of the fair sex to take flying instruction under the GI Bill, gets up at 5 a.m. to do her flying before reporting to work at 8 a.m. at the Chamber of Commerce offices.

Source: Council Bluffs Nonpareil, August 4, 1946