EUGENE, Ore. — One of the oldest veterans on the South Willamette Valley Honor Flight — a trip that gives veterans the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. — is reflecting on what it was like to serve during World War II.
97 year-old Ann Malarsie returned from Washington D.C. last week.
She enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps in 1943 in the midst of World War II — she was stationed at Fort McDowell as a typist processing paper work.
Her husband Frederick was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at the time.
She says while women weren’t on the front lines they still had very important roles.
“Most ladies were either volunteering at various things at hospitals at the USO, knitting things or making things or sending packages,” said Malarsie.
Ann turns 98 in October.