Poweshiek County

Pfc. Anna Katherine Koch


S.U.I. Women and the WAC

Former students and Alumnae Now Serve Overseas and in Army Bases Throughout This Country

DES MOINES -- Take a cross section of American women - and you have the WAC. Take a cross section of the higher-education WAC groups, and you have S.U.I. WACs.

They range from captain to private. You find them working for Uncle Sam wearing his uniform in every part of the country. There's one in England; there's another in Africa; there's a third simply "overseas". You'll find them at the air bases driving trucks, tanks, and jeeps at army camps, working in army hospitals, sending out messages by radio, teaching army subjects to army people.

Here is a partial list of them -- Iowa home girls only -- where they are and what they are doing since they switched from S.U.I to G.I.


PVT. ANNA KATHERINE KOCH of Grinnell, who was a language teacher at Iowa Wesleyan before enlisting in the WAC last September, recently finished basic training at Ft. Des Moines. She is now recruiting at Cedar Rapids.

Source: Iowa City Press Citizen, November 30, 1943


Anna Katherine Koch who was stationed for several weeks at the Cedar Rapids army recruiting station, has been promoted from private to private first class at Fitzsimmons General hospital in Denver, Colo. Pfc. Koch is teaching a class in German at the hospital.

Source: The Gazette, Cedar Rapids IA - May 15, 1944