Muscatine County

Lt. Virginia H. Misel


Misels, Serving With U.S. Forces, Return For Visit

Pvt. Cleo L. Misel of Ft. Knox, Ky., and Aux. Virginia Misel of Ft. Des Moines spent the weekend with Mr. Misel's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Misel of West Liberty and at the home of Mrs. Misel's parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.A. Harvey of Cranston.

Private Misel is taking basic training for the O.C.S. and Mrs. Misel has been a driver at Ft. Des Moines since receiving her army driver's license three weeks ago. She has recently been selected for officers training, which she will enter presently.

Source: Muscatine Journal News-Tribune, November 17, 1942

Commission Granted to Virginia Misel, WAAC

Auxiliary Virginia H. Misel of West Liberty, the former Virginia Harvey of the Cranston community, was the only Iowan among 109 WAACs commissioned third officers today at the first WAAC training center at Des Moines. Announcement of her advancement came in an Associated Press dispatch from Des Moines.

Dr. Helen C. White, professor of English at the University of Wisconsin and an author, spoke at the impressive graduation exercises.

Mrs. Misel's husband, Cleo Misel of West Liberty, is also in the service.

Source: Muscatine Journal News-Tribune, January 9, 1943 (photo included)

Lt. Virginia H. Misel, who received her commission from officers training on Saturday, has been ordered to report for duty immediately at the 3rd WAAC training center at Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga. He mother, Mrs. O.A. Harvey of Cranston, spent the weekend with her at Ft. Des Moines.

Source: Muscatine Journal News-Tribune, January 13, 1943 (photo included)


Lieut. Virginia Misel WAAC, and Ralph Kneese See FDR

Muscatine, Ia. -- Lieut. Virginina H. Misel, Cranston, in the WAACs, and Pvt. Ralph Kneese, Muscatine, Camp Robinson, Ark., had honor positions when President Roosevelt visited their camps recently.


Lieut. Misel, commander of the 18th company, Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga., had written her parents: "We were told that Col. Hobby was to be here two days and my company would lead the review. In the evening there was a reception at the officer's club at which we met Col. Hobby and her personnel of the war bond writers.

"The next day my company was ordered to Park headquarters to act as an escort to some one, we didn't know who. We were told that we had been carefully selected for capability and dependability. Half an hour later we were told to escort the commander-in-chief. Later we led another parade which President Roosevelt reviewed.

"There was a complete circle of FBI men around the post since Friday and no one could leave without permission. When the president arrived 100 soldiers were on guard and 10 FBI men on the side of his car with about a dozen open army cars with men with machine guns. We were only four paces from the presidential car and as the band played the national anthem, presented arms.

Source: Quad City Times, April 25, 1943

Four Divorces Are Awarded in District Court

Four divorce decrees were handed down by Judge W.W. Scott as the November term of district court opened here Tuesday afternoon, according to records in the office of Walter A. TeStrake, clerk of court.


In one decree, Lt. Virginia Misel of the Women's Auxiliary Corps was awarded a divorce from Cleo Leroy Misel of the U.S. army.

The petition revealed the couple married on Sept. 2, 1939 and lived together until August 30, 1943. Cost were assessed to the defendant.

Source: Muscatine Journal News-Tribune, November 3, 1943