Polk County

Cpl. Fern E. LaFler



WAC Corp. Fern E. LaFler, daughter of Mrs. Blanche Robinson, 2444 E. Walnut st., dishes out a piece of pie at a WAC mess hall in France. Corporal LaFler is a baker -- U.S. 9th Air Force photo

Source: The Des Moines Tribune, December 5, 1944 (photo included)


After serving 2 1/2 years as a WAC, Mrs. Fern LaFler, 42, of 1416 Ninth st., has been discharged and will open a beauty salon at Hotel Victoria Monday.

She returned recently from 17 months service in England, France and Germany aboard a transport with 2,000 men and five other WACs. The WACs, all over 40, had separate quarters and meals on the officers deck.

Mrs. LaFler last served as a beauty operator for WACs of the 9th Air Force headquarters in Germany. She was replaced there by two German girls.

The former WAC sergeant operated the Movie Land beauty salon at Thirteenth and High streets prior to entering the service. The Victoria salon previously had been operated by Mrs LaFler's sister, Mrs. Lois M. Nixon.

Source: The Des Moines Register, August 5, 1945 (photo included)