Helen Sagl, WAC Military Records
Title: Helen Sagl, WAC
Helen L., 1906-
Dates: 1942-1992 bulk 1942-1946
Quantity: 3 boxes (1.5 linear
Collection Number: MS 0047
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University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries. For more information see the
Preferred Citation: Helen Sagl, WAC Military Records (MS 0047). Archives & Special Collections,
University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.
Alternative Format: None
Helen Sagl was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1906. She attended the University of
Nebraska and received a bachelor's degree in education in 1930 and a Master of Arts
in Educational Psychology in 1935. She taught at Indiana University, Bloomington,
Indiana, before joining the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) in 1942 at Fort Des
Moines, Iowa. She graduated from WAAC Officer Candidate School on 29 August 1942 and
served as a member of the WAAC Fourth Company, First Regiment. In 1943, the Women's
Army Auxiliary Corp changed names to become the Women's Army Corps (WAC). At the
time of her discharge from the WAC, Sagl received the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps
Service Medal. In April of 1944, Sagl attended the University of North Carolina
Civilian Payroll School before returning to Camp Robinson, Arkansas. Also in 1944,
Sagl spent two weeks at Fort Washington to attend the Adjutant General School,
Civilian Personnel Class. In January 1945, she served at Camp Robinson as Civilian
Personnel Officer. Sagl died on 13 January 1994.
Scope and Content:
The collection contains Sagl's personal and selected official correspondence,
documents and publications created by or for the WAC, and materials created by the
United States War Department that Sagl received during her service in the WAC. The
correspondence records her experiences as a trainee and as an officer stationed in
Texas and Arkansas during World War II. It particularly addresses the position of
women in the United States during the war. For selected photographs of Helen Sagl,
please see our HistoryPin collections.
Sagl, Helen L., 1906- -- Archives
United States. Army. Women's Army Auxiliary Corps --
History -- Sources
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Female -- Sources
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American
Series 1: Correspondence Boxes 1-2
The Sagl correspondence includes letters sent home to her mother, Lotta Sagl,
and to her sister, Norma Sagl Steen, during her training and service in WAC.
The letters detail information about her experience in Officer Candidate
School at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, including the WAC program, uniforms, basic
training, and recruiting and enlistment. The letters provide both personal
details and information about the WAC program and World War II. There are
letters that Sagl received from servicemen overseas. Several correspondents
indicated their attitudes towards women in service. Other letters came from
WAC officers and enlisted personnel Helen Sagl served with or commanded.
Series 2: WAC Military Records Box 2
This series includes official records from Sagl's time in the WAC regarding
promotions, military quarters, pay and allowances, and separation papers.
There are special orders and training documents from the Armed Services
Forces and the Medical Enlisted Technicians School, and official Corps
correspondence. The records include a number of printed documents created
for the Corps, including handbooks and pamphlets on uniform regulations,
drills, honor escorts, physical training, and recruiting. There are examples
of songs and march lyrics created for the WAC along with WAC newsletters.
Series 3: Military Records and Associated Materials Box 3
This series contains records created by the War Department that were provided
to the WAACs. There are special orders delivered to Sagl, such as army
regulations on how to conduct correspondence and circulars on appointment of
officers and recruiting. War department pamphlets and manuals outline topics
such as courtesy and discipline and absence without leave. Federal and state
organizational materials include a war rations book, U.S. Military Academy
regulations, and a booklet titled "Boy Meets Girl
in Wartime," printed by Arkansas Board of Health. Additional items
include newsletters from the Army and Navy General Hospital, veteran
association newsletters, and newspaper clippings about the WAC.
Series 1: Personal CorrespondenceBox 1. Folder 1. Correspondence, 1942, July-Sept.
Box 1. Folder 2. Correspondence, 1942, Oct.-1943, Feb.
Box 1. Folder 3. Correspondence, 1943, Mar.-Aug.
Box 1. Folder 4. Correspondence, 1943, Sept.-Nov.
Box 1. Folder 5. Correspondence, 1943, Dec.-1944, Mar.
Box 1. Folder 6. Correspondence, 1944, Apr.-June
Box 1. Folder 7. Correspondence, 1944, July-Sept.
Box 1. Folder 8. Correspondence, 1944, Oct.-Dec.
Box 1. Folder 9. Correspondence, 1945, Jan-Apr.
Box 2. Folder 1. Correspondence, 1945, May-July
Box 2. Folder 2. Correspondence, 1945, Aug.-Oct.
Box 2. Folder 3. Correspondence, 1945, Nov.-1946, Jan. undated
Box 2. Folder 4. Correspondence, 1979, Nov. 29
Box 2. Folder 5. Correspondence, undated
Box 2. Folder 6. Autobiographical notes, by Sagl (see photographs in Box 3, Folder 22)
Series 2: WAC Military RecordsBox 2. Folder 7. Sagl, military promotion
Box 2. Folder 8. Sagl, military quarters and property, 1943-1944
Box 2. Folder 9. Sagl, military pay and allowance, 1943-1945
Box 2. Folder 10. Sagl, military "mess" papers, 1942-1943
Box 2. Folder 11. WAC, graduate program, Ft. Des Moines, Iowa, 1942
Box 2. Folder 12. WAC, separation papers, 1946-1948
Box 2. Folder 13. WAC Handbook, Ft. Des Moines, Iowa, 1943
Box 2. Folder 14. WAC, War Department Handbooks, "WAC
Life," 1945, May 3
Box 2. Folder 15. WAC, War Department, regulations, 1942-1943
Box 2. Folder 16. WAC, War Department, circulars, 1943, Jan.-Apr.
Box 2. Folder 17. WAC, War Department, pamphlets, 1943-1945
Box 2. Folder 18. WAC, classification assignments, Ft. Des Moines,
Iowa, 1942, Sept.
Box 2. Folder 19. WAC, special orders, Ft. Des Moines, Iowa, 1942-1943
Box 2. Folder 20. WAC, special training memo, Ft. Des Moines, Iowa, 1942, Sept.
Box 2. Folder 21. WAC, Army Administration School, special orders, Denton,
Texas, 1943, Feb.-1943, June
Box 2. Folder 22. WAC, special orders, HQ CP Joseph T. Robinson,
Box 2. Folder 23. WAC, Medical Enlisted Technicians School, regulations, training,
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, 1943-1945
Box 2. Folder 24. WAC, Medical Enlisted Technicians School, special orders, Hot
Springs National Park, Arkansas, 1943-1944
Box 2. Folder 25. WAC, Armed Services Forces, special orders, Omaha,
Box 2. Folder 26. WAC, Armed Services Forces, special orders, Dallas,
Box 2. Folder 27. WAC, Medical Enlisted Technicians School, special orders, Durham,
North Carolina, 1944
Box 2. Folder 28. WAC, Armed Services Forces, special orders, Ft. Sheridan,
Box 2. Folder 29. WAC, official correspondence, 1942-1943
Box 2. Folder 30. WAC, property receipts and statements, 1942-1945
Box 2. Folder 31. WAC, drill, honor escorts, parade regulations
Box 2. Folder 32. WAC, service uniform regulations, 1942
Box 2. Folder 33. WAC, Army Administration School, regulations guide, Denton,
Box 3. Folder 1. WAC, exercise manual
Box 3. Folder 2. WAC, War Department, physical training field manual, 1943, July 15
Box 3. Folder 3. WAC, sheet music, songbook
Box 3. Folder 4. WAC, song, march lyrics
Box 3. Folder 5. WAC, newsletters, 1943, July, 1994, Dec.
Box 3. Folder 6. WAC, pamphlets, programs, speeches
Box 3. Folder 7. WAC, recruiting pamphlets
Box 3. Folder 8. WAC, application form blanks
Box 3. Folder 9. WAC, award examples
Box 3. Folder 10. WAC, publication section "Company
Commander," Ft. Des Moines, Iowa
Series 3: Military Records and Associated MaterialsBox 3. Folder 11. War Department, special orders
Box 3. Folder 12. War Department, army regulations
Box 3. Folder 13. War Department, circulars
Box 3. Folder 14. War Department, pamphlets, field manuals
Box 3. Folder 15. Pamphlets, federal and state organizations
Box 3. Folder 16. Post Civilian Welfare Fund, reports, receipts, 1946
Box 3. Folder 17. Introductory speeches, Civilian Personnel Conference, 1944, Aug. 7-9
Box 3. Folder 18. Newsletters, Army and Navy General Hospital, 1943-1944
Box 3. Folder 19. Newsletters, veterans associations, 1946, 1979
Box 3. Folder 20. Article, "The Way It Was With the
WACS," by Joy Fincke, Readers
Digest, 1958, Nov.
Box 3. Folder 21. Newspaper clippings, 1942-1952
Box 3. Folder 22. Photographs, Sagl, WAC units, etc.