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Corporal Mary Alice Kadelak O'Brien, Assigned as a driver to the Base Motor Pool, Picture Group 048, Bradley Field World War II Activities, 1942-1945.

During Second World War, the Army recruited women for the Women's Army Corps to do jobs that men usually did, thus freeing them up for service on the front lines. A unit of the WAC's served at Bradley Field, which then was owned by the Army. Women served in such traditional jobs as stenographers, administrative clerks, and stockroom supply clerks and in such nontraditional jobs as MP's, aircraft dispatchers, photographers, drivers, airplane mechanics, and pilots.