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Documentary: America's 1st Female Soldiers in WWI

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Milwaukee County War Memorial Center

750 North Lincoln Memorial Drive

Milwaukee, WI 53202

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Meet the women of the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Recruited and trained by AT&T to serve in France as bilingual telephone operators during WWI, they were sworn into the U.S. Army, were bound by Army regulations, held rank and wore uniforms (that they had to purchase themselves). The women of Signal Corps transferred more than 26 million calls and their service was praised by General Pershing—but when they returned home, the U.S. government told them they were never soldiers. They would not earn veteran status—or benefits—until 1977. This documentary by Wisconsin filmmaker James Theres includes interviews with descendants, 100-year-old photos from family archives, and rare footage from the National Archives. Watch the trailer.

After the screening, the director and descendants of two female U.S. Army Signal Corps members will answer audience questions.




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