Iowa County

Pvt. Rachel L. Keil



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.


The following Iowa WACs have an army postoffice address, indicating overseas service, but their exact station is not known:

Pvt. Rachel L. Keil, Marengo, is serving with a WAC communications unit. One brother is in the navy and another an aviation cadet.

Secrecy covering overseas shipment makes it impossible to determine if additional Iowans have gone on foreign duty since early fall.

Source: Des Moines Register, December 5, 1943

Rachel Lou Keil Karp was born June 18, 1917 to John A. and Otie D. Whitehead Keil.

Rachel served in World War II with the U.S. Army WACs signal corps in the North African theater. She also served in Italy and Germany.