Monday, September 26, 2011

Military Monday - Wartime Duty for Florence



In 1943, my grandmother, Florence Sterling Roesch Hilligoss, performed her military duty by becoming a volunteer of the Aircraft Warning Service of the U.S. Army during World War II,

The entire family took their turns operating a 24-hour plane spotting station.  These stations were placed in various locations throughout the state.  When a plane was within sight, or hearing distance, they would call in to a central location and report the direction, speed, altitude and number of engines.  That way, the government kept track of any unauthorized planes.

1 comment:

  1. Fascinating. I've not seen one of the ID cards before.

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