Before the USA was thrust into World War II, Betty Nugen was a farm girl in the mountains of West Virginia. When Congress created the WAC—the Women’s Army Corp—she knew that was where she should be. Serving her country.
Elaine Fields Smith gathered information from memories of her mother, Betty, from family stories and historical facts to create this story of a young woman who found a new life away from the only home she ever had known.
Before Betty passed away, Elaine had a question: “Why did you join the WAC? Was it to get off the mountain?” Her answer was as solid as a rock. “Certainly not. It just seemed to be the right thing to do at the time.” That may be true, but the WAC did get her off that mountain and into the arms of the man she would love forever.
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