OSTENDORFF, IDA, INTERVIEWEE

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OSTENDORFF, IDA, INTERVIEWEE

Transcript and CD of oral history interview, Charleston, S.C., 1 March, 2011.
Interviewed by Rebecca Michaud, from The Citadel's Oral History Initiative.
Transcript 17 p.; CD 44 minutes.

Ida Ostendorff was born in Gilbert, South Carolina. At the start of WWII she traveled to Washington D.C. where she passed a typing course and began work as a "government girl" working in the Judge Advocate General's office. In 1942, upon turning 21 and meeting the minimum age requirement, she joined the Women's Army Auxilliary Corps (WAAC). She completed her basic training at Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia, where she trained to use a gas mask. She volunteered for an assignment overseas and traveled to New York City to embark on the Queen Elizabeth. She landed in Scotland on June 6, 1944, having no idea at the time that it was D-Day. She was then transported to her assignment at Stone Staffordshire, England. On her way there she remembers the commotion caused by the Normandy landings: "As we were going along, people were just waving wildly to use because they knew it was D-Day, but we didn't know it." She remained in England until the end of the war. She met her husband after the war when they both took the same French class. They were married for 61 years and have five children, several of whom have served in the military.

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