Black Hawk County

Bette Kinion



Shown is Bette Kinion, Wave yeoman first class, and one of the service's most enthusiastic supporters. Daughter of Mrs. Doris A. Kinion, 210 Franklin street, Yeoman Kinion enlisted in the Waves in November, 1942, but was not called to active duty at Stillwater, Okla., until February, 1943. Since that time she has been serving in the area around Washington, D.C. "It's been a wonderful experience."

Source: The Courier, Waterloo, IA - May 6, 1945 (photo included)

Where Are Those GI Janes Since They've Again Become Civilians?

What has happened to those Waterloo girls who looked so smart in Wave, Wac or Spar uniforms, traveled the country and the world and the were discharged from service to return to civilian life?
Well, many of them were married while in the service and have settled in other states or brought their husbands to Waterloo to live Still others entered new fields of work and have gone on to college through the benefits of education provision of the GI bill of rights.


A wartime romance of an army lieutenant from Massachusetts and a Waterloo Wave culminated in their marriage when they were discharged. The ex-Wave is the former Bette Kinion, daughter of Mrs Doris Kinion, 210 Franklin street, who was married to Robert E. Wilcox in 1945. The couple and their daughter, Pamela Jean, is residing in Marblehead, Mass., where the former lieutenant is employed.

Source: The Courier, Waterloo, IA - Sunday, March 9, 1947