Linn County

Cpl. Miriam Stehlik Drahos



In Africa

Two Iowa women, Sergt. Joyce Stephens Smith, Des Moines, and Corp. Miriam Stehlik Drahos, Cedar Rapids, were included in the first group of WACs sent to North Africa a year ago.

Sergeant Smith, whose father was a Spanish-American war veteran, is a message decoder in North Africa. She has two brothers and a sister in various branches of the service.

Corporal Drahos is one of the first WACs to be honorably discharged because of injury received in foreign service.

Source: Des Moines Tribune, Dec. 5, 1943