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.