|WVM ID Number||OH 1056|
|Object Name||Oral History|
|Title||Oral History Interview with Angie Nabielski|
|Event||World War II|
|Narrator's Name||Angie Nabielski|
|Interviewer's Name||Terry MacDonald|
In this oral history interview, Angeline C. "Frankie" Nabielski, née Frank, an Antigo, Wisconsin native, discusses her service with the 8th Army Air Corps in England during World War II.
After graduating high school, Nabielski talks about working in a factory sewing shoes for the Army. She comments on passing her physical even though she didn't quite weigh enough, being issued the best-fitting shoes she'd ever worn, and basic training at Fort Oglethorpe (Georgia). She recalls a blizzard at Peterson Field (Colorado) and working on parachutes at Mountain Home (Idaho). Nabielski discusses assignment to the 70th Air Force Replacement Depot in Yarnfield (England), being adopted by an English family, and continuing to keep in touch with the family. After the war ended, she states she worked at the base camp hospital. Nabielski relates giving cognac-spiked eggnog to a strep throat patient. She states that the soldiers protected the women like kid sisters, and she relates once throwing a naked man out of the women's barracks and testifying at his court-martial. Sent to Wiesbaden (Germany), she describes carrying gum to hand out to German children and comforting a waitress at her hotel who broke down crying because she was so happy to be able to display angels during Advent. Sent home in a troop ship, Nabielski tells of hitting a storm, being stalled in the Atlantic after the engines flooded, and almost having to abandon ship.
Nabielski comments that back home in Antigo, people looked down on her for being in the service because they assumed she was only after the men. She touches on using the GI Bill to attend beauty school in Green Bay, joining the men's post of the American Legion, and eventually forming a women's post.
|Extent and Medium of Description||
Analog audio recording: 1 audio cassette (approx. 40 minutes)
Transcript: 15 pgs.