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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

PAULA SILVERMAN ISENBERG ORAL HISTORY

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BIOABSTRACT

Paula Silverman Isenberg (b. 1912) served as an "Air Wac" in the Women's Army Corps from 1943-1945.


COLLECTION SUMMARY

The February 2011 oral history interview.


BIOGRAPHY

Paula Isenberg was born in 1912 in Brooklyn, New York. She was raised in the Brooklyn area and attended Brooklyn College. Isenberg joined the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in 1943 and was sent to Massachusetts for basic training. She was attached to the Army Air Forces ("Air WACs"). Her first duty assignment was in Washington, D.C., where she worked as a reporter. She was then sent to Fairfield-Suisun Army Air Base for overseas training, and then to Hawaii, where she spent fifteen months. Next, she was sent to the San Francisco area as a court reporter, where she was for Victory in Japan (VJ) Day. She received her discharge in November of 1945. Isenberg then returned home to New York and did some traveling. The United States army requested her services as a court reporter in Korea, which she declined, and then the same in Germany, which she accepted, reporting on American war crimes trials and the trials at Nuremberg.


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Oral history interview with Paula Silverman Isenberg, 2011
Item # wv0507.5.001
From the Paula Silverman Isenberg Oral History