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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

IDELLE SINGLETARY MENG SCRAPBOOK

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BIOABSTRACT

Idele Singletary Meng (1895-1970)of Austin, Texas, served in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) during World War II.


COLLECTION SUMMARY

Scrapbook contains newspaper and newsletter clippings, including "WAC of the Week" columns, military documents and handbooks, photographs, small banner, and ephemera.


BIOGRAPHY

Idele Singletary Meng was born 9 March 1895 in Austin, Texas. She married William Meng, and in 1941 they moved to Carpinteria, California where they owned a ranch. Meng also wrote for a local newspaper, the Santa Barbara News-Press, as the "Carpinteria correspondent". On 14 March 1944, at the age of 49, she enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) with duty in the Army Air Forces. She had hoped for an assignment in the South Pacific because she had lived for a time in Hawaii. Meng reported for training at the First WAC Training Center, Fort Des Moines, Iowa, where she completed the five week course of training. The Army transferred her to Pratt Army Air Field, Kansas with assignment to the 246th Army Air Force Base Unit on 25 May 1944. There she assumed duties as the base mail clerk. In addition to these duties, Meng wrote articles for the Pratt AAF newspaper, including the "WAC of the Week" column. Meng received a promotion to Private First Class effective 1 July 1944 and was subsequently promoted to Corporal. Later, she assumed duties as the Assistant Base Librarian. Meng left the service on 12 September 1945. Later, she moved to San Diego, California, where she died in August 1970, at the age of 70.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
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Basic training class, Fort Des Moines, Iowa, 1944
Item # WV0436.6.001
From the Idelle Singletary Meng Scrapbook
Idelle Singletary with unidentified sailors
Item # WV0436.6.002
From the Idelle Singletary Meng Scrapbook
A personal message to the family of the girl who has joined the Army, circa 1944
Item # WV0436.2.001
From the Idelle Singletary Meng Scrapbook
Application for enlistment, Women's Army Corps, circa 1944
Item # WV0436.2.002
From the Idelle Singletary Meng Scrapbook
WAC Handbook, 1944
Item # WV0436.2.003
From the Idelle Singletary Meng Scrapbook
WAC News: The Army Gal's Publication [Vol. 2, No. 30]
Item # WV0436.2.005
From the Idelle Singletary Meng Scrapbook
WAC News: The Army Gal's Publication [Vol. 2, No. 27]
Item # WV0436.2.004
From the Idelle Singletary Meng Scrapbook