Lou A. Hedding served in the Women's Army Corps during World War II.
An eight-page handwritten memoir dated May 1944 describes Hedding's train ride from Camp Maxey to Fort Oglethorpe; her overseas training in Georgia; and her journey to Lae, New Guinea. Subjects include Hedding's social activities and athletics; her work in the supply office at Fort Oglethorpe and in a train mess car; the barracks and training at Camp Stoneman; and her voyage to the South Pacific. Of particular note is Hedding's emphasis on the camaraderie of the women. The memoir ends upon Hedding's arrival at Lae, New Guinea.
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Lou A. Hedding was born in Pismo Beach, California. During World War II she trained in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) at Camp Maxey, Texas, and Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. Hedding broke her foot during a WAC softball game and worked in the supply office at Fort Oglethorpe. After training she was sent to Camp Stoneman in Pittsburg, California, in preparation for traveling to the South Pacific.