National Geographic : 1945 Apr
Paris Freed 395 U. S. Army Signal Corps, Oficial Paris May Spell Adventure to Some, but to Switchboard WACS It's One Hello of a War Running the Army's nerve center in France, they work with French equipment. "Better operators than men . . . they never get fussed," reports a Signal Corps officer. "That grouchy voice may be a general's." A chief operator, Staff Sgt. Ella Wright, was the first enlisted WAC to receive the Legion of Merit. She kept the lines open in Italy and North Africa! However, when equipment breaks down, it takes a man to make repairs. Some of these women are veterans of the commercial lines; others have been trained entirely by the Army.