Black Hawk County

Margaret Kipp



For the first time in the history of Wac recruiting here, a group of enlistees from this city were sworn into the Wac in Waterloo Friday. Shown here being issued some some pre-training instructions by Lt. Eleanor Lee, head of the Waterloo recruiting office are, Margaret Kipp, 20, daughter of Mr, and Mrs, Joseph J, Kipp, 401 Charles street; Shirley Sanderson, 26, 118 Williston avenue, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sanderson, Randalia, Ia., and Mrs. Betty Eserman, 20 , daughter of Mrs. H.C. Christensen, 1411 Avalon avenue.

Missess Kipp and Sanderson entered the Air-Wac. Mrs. Eserman's husband, Lavern Eserman, navy electrician's first mate first class, is on duty in the Pacific area, and a brother, Pvt. Clifford Christensen is stationed with the paratroopers at Camp Mackall, N.C. All three recruits took their physical and mental examination in Des Moines, Jan. 20.

Source: The Courier, Waterloo, IA - January 30, 1944 (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.


When Wac Margaret Kipp, daughter of the J. J. Kipps, 401 Charles street, was stationed at Meridian, Miss., she met and was wed to Robert Wales, a soldier. The couple is now living in the latter's hometown, Alameda, Cal. where he is a radio technician.

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