Hardin County

 

Lt. Col. Kathleen McClure

 

IOWA FALLS GIRL NAMED MEMBER OF AUXILIARY CORPS

Iowa Falls, Iowa—Kathleen McClure, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. McClure of this city, was informed Thursday that she had been selected as a member of the Woman’s Army Auxiliary Corps in Los Angeles. Miss McClure had just arrived here for a visit when notice of her selection was wired to her. She returned at once to the west coast to be sworn in.

She was one of eight women chosen from 3,500 applicants. She expects to come to Fort Des Moines with the western contingent the first of next week. Miss McClure graduated from the Iowa Falls high school and from the Iowa State college at Ames. For several years she was an entomologist in the department of agriculture in Washington. For five years she was on the advertising staff of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. In Los Angeles, she has been active in volunteer Red Cross work.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA, July 17, 1942

FROM WASHINGTON

IOWA FALLS—Major McClure of the WAC is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter McClure. She enlisted in the WAC in 1942 and was in the first class of officers trained at Fort Des Moines; she is now stationed in Washington, D.C.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA, May 29, 1944

The visit to Fort Des Moines Friday of Col. Oveta Culp Hobby (center), WAC director, was the occasion for a reunion of four Iowa majors, members of the first WAC officers training class. From left they are Jean Melin, Osage, Marion Lichty, Waterloo; Mary S. Bell, Cedar Falls; and Kathleen McClure, Iowa Falls. Colonel Hobby is wearing a new style jacket.

Source: The Des Moines Register, February 17, 1945 (photo included)

IOWA FALLS WAC GAINS IN RANK; IS NOW LT-COL.

Washington, D.C.—AP—Promotion of Maj. Kathleen McClure of Iowa Falls, Iowa; to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the women’s army corps was announced Friday by the war department.

Colonel McClure has been on the immediate policy staff of Col. Oveta Culp Hobby of the WAC, in the position of recruiting officer.

A member of the first officer candidate class graduated from Fort Des Moines, Iowa, Colonel McClure is a graduate of Iowa State college. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. W. A. McClure of Iowa Falls.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA, June 8, 1945

The war department in Washington Friday announced the promotion of Kathleen McClure, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. McClure of Iowa Falls, Ia., from major to lieutenant colonel in the WAC.

Colonel McClure has been on the immediate policy staff of Col. Oveta Culp Hobby of the WAC, in the position of recruiting officer.

She is a graduate of Iowa Falls High school, attended St. Teresa's college, Winona, Minn., and received a bachelor of science degree from Iowa State college, Ames.

For five years she was employed by the bureau of entomology in Washington, D.C. She was in newspaper advertising work for the next five years in Seattle, Wash. She was associated with the Red Cross in Los Angeles, Cal., for a year.

She enlisted in the women's army corps and was in the first officer training class at Fort Des Moines. Her first assignment was to assist with recruiting in several southern states with headquarters in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. After eight months she was given an assignment in Washington.

Her father is a wholesale jobber in candy and tobacco.

Source: Des Moines Tribune, June 8, 1945 (photo included)