May Assaff grew up in West Roxbury, Massachusetts and joined the Women’s Army Corps, the women’s auxiliary of the U.S. Army, during World War II. Many people considered it to be quite daring for a woman to join the WACs, as it was called, but Assaff was encouraged by her mother. She was stationed in Tallahassee and taught secretarial courses at Dale Mabry Field. After the war, she returned home, married Fred Ede, and they moved to Florida together. She raised five children with Fred and worked as a department store salesperson.
This collection consists of 13 letters from May Assaff to her friend Emily Hajar during her time as a WAC, between 1943 and 1945. Emily was a member of the WAVES [Women Appointed to Volunteer Emergency Service], the women’s auxiliary of the U.S. Navy.
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