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By Selma Chapmond

Stars and Stripes Staff Writer

From the July 12, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

WITH THE WACS ON THE RIFLE RANGE, July 11–A group of WACs, which included your correspondent, has completed a workout on the rifle range.

It was the first time since the corps was organized that the gals have gone shooting–and as far as one WAC, at least, is concerned, it’s OK if it’s the last.

But still, in view of some of the operations, that go on in the European Theater of Operations, you never know when a gun may come in handy.

We had guns that they call carbines and the instructor said they weren’t as accurate as rifles. Maybe it’s a good thing they weren’t, or some Anglo-American relationships might have been slightly strained while the first WACs were firing.

After that, though, the lieutenant ordered a couple of WACs to climb the 50-foot cliff that enclosed the range and keep curious farmers behind the trees.

It started to rain just as my turn came. We were all lying on shelter halves to keep our uniforms dry, and the shelter half was all wet and kind of smelly. But anyway, I pushed the gun stock into a hollow somewhere near my collarbone like they told us to and sighted.

When I closed one eye the target looked twice as far away as it had before with both eyes open. The coach yelled, “Relax! Relax!” and pulled down my feet which were waving around in the air.

Finally I decided I had the sight centered on the bullseye and pulled the trigger. It made a swell bang.

Begrimed and wet, we tallied up the scores after the shooting, and one WAC had 95 our of a possible 100–but one had eight, too, and others were in between.

(Editor’s Note) Our Selma modestly omitted to record that she shot 90 herself, and made sharpshooter.)

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US Army WACs in uniform

For Further Reading Check Out:

The Women’s Army Corps: Book One (The United States Army in World War II)

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