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Battle of the WAC Paperback – June 15, 1999

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"...tells a story of the trials and tribulations of the WAC from the beginning to the end of World War II. It is very interesting...easy reading, very well written, and of extreme importance as part of the History of WWII." -- Franklin E. Miles, Major Genral, retired US Army

"I finally got a chance to read your chapter, and I have to tell you that it is splendid. Your writing fairly sparkles! You have a real flair for setting up a scene and for recreating events that happened fifty years ago, and that is no mean feat. Bravo!" -- Mark G. Hirsch, Editor, Smithsonian Institution Press

"It was easy reading. Brought back many memories. To this day I thank God for allowing me to serve our country in the WAAC/WAC during those years." -- Kaye Mastroianne, former WAC Captain, US Army

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Carol Hossner Bessey served three years in the military during World War II, first in the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC), and then in the Wiomen's Army Corps (WAC). She was the editor of an award-winning weekly newspaper, "The Ashton Herald," and later "The Fall River Review" for 25 years. She is presently a contributing writer for the daily newspaper, the Post Register. She lives at her rural home in the scenic area of Ashton, Id., near the Yellowstone Park border.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: CHB Publishing (June 15, 1999)
  • ISBN-10: 0967057906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967057903
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,580,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rob Morris on December 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book about another little-known aspect of World War II and the 'Greatest Generation'. Carol Hossner Bessey was a small-town girl from rural Idaho who enlisted in the WAAC, which later became the WAC, to serve her country in World War II. This is her story- a story of the patriotism of a young woman who strived to do her part in a big war despite the occasional lack of respect from her male peers in the military. It is a story of friendships, of the many different women Carol meets during the war years. It is also a love story, telling the tale of the meeting and whirlwind romance of two young people in time of war who meet and fall in love despite the fact that the future is uncertain. The book follows Carol through her wartime experiences Stateside, mostly in Kansas, and also follows her future husband Grant's experiences Stateside and later as a scout in the Battle of the Bulge, where he is injured, and in the Army of Occupation.
Bessey writes in the spare prose of the newspaperwomen she has been for decades. She captures the feelings of young women off serving their country very well. As a male reader, I found it particularly interesting to read of the war from a female perspective. The book would appeal to anyone interested in women's roles in fighting World War II and also to anyone interested in women dealing with adversity. Bessey's experiences were not unique, nor were they action-packed. They are told engagingly and honestly, with no attempt to build them up, and what results is a satisfying, edifying read that gives the reader a new appreciation for the sacrifices of the thousands of women of 'The Greatest Generation' who served our nation in time of need.
The book is illustrated with photos that augment and heighten interest in the text.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2002
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As the daughter of a WAC officer, I was deeply moved by Bessey's book. She is a credit to all WACs--a true lady in uniform. Not only does she reveal a gifted writing style, but she treats her subject with depth and beauty. Anyone who loves WWII history, women's history, or just great love stories, should buy this book. I highly recommend it!
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By Alice on January 2, 2013
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Well written, telling her story of WWII, intermittant accounts of her VA hospital experience in 198o, when the VA was not well equipped to deal with female patients.
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