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World War II 1
Army 1
1921 1
Missouri 1

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Grace E Ulrich 1
Level of Education: 4 years of college 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
1921 1
Missouri 1
Place: St.Louis County, Missouri 1

World War II 1

Army 1
Enlistment Date:
23 Jun 1944 1
Army Branch:
Women's Army Corps 1
Army Component:
Women's Army Corps 1
Army Serial Number:
A-708887 1
Enlistment Place:
St Louis Missouri 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
Accountants and auditors 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 0015 1
Film Reel Number: 1.15 1

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Assignment: Chaplin's Assistant

Grace enlisted in the Army immediately after her college graduation. She tested higher than anyone had ever scored in the entry examinations. Since she had such stellar scores, she was able to choose her assignment. Naturally, she chose to be stationed where she would work in the control tower, so that she could meet all of the pilots!  Her supervisor was so strict/mean that after a few days she asked to be transferred. She was asked what she wanted to do. Her response: I just want to play the organ.

That is how Grace Ulrich ended up being assigned as the Chaplin's Assistant. And...she did play the organ throughout the war!

How to Impress the VIPs

Grace loved spinach. She went to the Mess Hall and loaded her tray with the vegetable. Upon taking the first bite, she was horrified to find that her plate was laden with Collard Greens! Since all enlisted personnel were required to eat everything on their plate, Grace found herself in a quandry. She found a perfect solution...she simply filled her hat with the Collard Greens, put it on her head and began to exit the Mess Hall. One of the Captains saw her as she was leaving and called her over to meet a very important member of the Army. As she politely stood at attention when she was introduced, she began to feel drips coming from her hat and onto her face. The entire time that she was having a conversation with the VIP, green liquid was dripping from under her hat and onto her face. Neither the Captain or the VIP mentioned the green hue on her face.

Time to Celebrate

Fairfield, CA

As soon as the base heard that the war had ended, Grace and (her soon-to-be husband) Bill joined the Chaplin on his jeep. The Chaplin had secretly gathered gallons of vanilla ice cream to be used in celebration when the war was over. As the three of them drove around in the jeep, ready to offer ice cream to all of the troops, they began to feel disheartened by the lack of people who wanted the ice cream. In their naivete, they didn't realize that the troops would be celebrating with something much stronger than ice cream!

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