Gladys Minetta Adams

Army Badge
  • Name: Gladys Minetta Adams
  • Location of Birth: Verndale, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: April 25, 1920
  • Date of Death: January 30, 1977
  • Parents: Chester Adams & Amy (Eddy) Adams
  • High School and Class: 1939 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: TEC 5 (Technical 5)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: September 1, 1943
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: November 30, 1945
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    1943 1st WAAC Training Center, Fort Des Moines, IA
  • Military Awards:

  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
    Name: Gladys Adams
    Birth Year: 1920
    Nativity State or Country: Minnesota
    State of Residence: Minnesota
    County or City: Itasca
    Enlistment Date: February 20, 1943
    Enlistment State: Minnesota
    Enlistment City: Minneapolis
    Branch: Womens Army Corps
    Branch Code: Inactive Reserve
    Grade Code: Private
    Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency,
    plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise
    according to law
    Component: Womens Army Corps
    Source: Civil Life
    Education: 4 years of high school
    Civil Occupation: Housekeepers, private family
    Marital status: Single, without dependents
    Height: 66
    Weight: 166

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - April 9, 1943 - "IN ARMY CORPS. Fort Des Moines, Iowa. - Auxiliary Gladys Adams of Bovey, has begun training at the First Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Training Center here. she was immediately assigned to a Receiving Center company for a week of elementary training. Here she was issued clothing and equipment, instructed in rudiments of drill, and given Army classification tests. For the following four weeks, she will be assigned to a Basic company for more detailed training, preparing her to replace a man in a non-combat Army job."

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - July 23, 1943 - "PROMOTED. WAAC Non-Com. Aux. Gladys Adams of Bovey is now a non-commissioned officer in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. She has been promoted to the grade of Tech., 5th Grade, equivalent to that of the same grade in the army, at the First WAAC Training Center, Fort Des Moines, Iowa, where she previously had Basic Training. This notice was received from the Public Relations Officer at Des Moines, accompanied by a photograph of Miss Adams. If her parents will call at the Press office, they may have this picture of their daughter in uniform."

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - February 4, 1944 - "Des Moines, Iowa. Dear Mr. Barnes: I don't know how to begin this, but here goes. No one will ever know how much I appreciate the home town paper. I really look forward to getting it each Monday. The first thing I look for is the local and Lawrence Lake News. It sort of peps a person up. Tell every one hello and for now I will close. Lots of luck to good old Bovey, until we all get back there again. Thank you again for the paper. An anxious reader, Gladys Adams."

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - 1944 – "Corporal (T-5) Gladys Adams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Adams of Bovey, helps prepare over 1000 meals a day for members of Receiving and Staging Battalion who eat at the Consolidated mess hall, largest at First WAC Training Center, Fort Des Moines, Iowa. She was transferred to New Guinea and wrote: "It's very nice here. In New Guinea cooking is very simple, just set a can of soup out in the sun, and there you have it - Hot Soup!" She celebrated Christmas of 1944 while stationed in New Guinea."

    Newspaper article - Feb 1945 – Cpl. Gladys Adams wrote some time ago to her mother that when she comes home again, her mother should hide her wash tubs so that she would not be tempted to start mixing up breakfast cereal in them. Guess where Gladys is they go in for cooking on a large scale.

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - June 29, 1945 - "New Guinea - June 2, 1945. Dear Friends: I hope you will forgive me for not writing sooner, but I just haven't known anything to write. First I will thank you folks back home for sending the Press. It is old when I get it, but the news is still home town stuff. I did meet a couple boys over here from home: Bude Fondurulia and Charles Deutsch from Calumet. That is all though. Most of the boys are closer to the Philippines. I would like to go there but I would much rather be back home on the farm in "Good old Bovey." The weather back there should be getting warm. It is winter here now. It is surprising but the evenings here are chilly. We can use a heavy blanket to cover up with. Well, news is scarce, so will bring this to an end very quick like. Just a girl soldier, Gladys Adams."

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Gladys Adams died in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine, Minnesota (Block 32). She is survived by 5 sisters, Mrs. Leonard (Nellie) Martin, Mrs. Wade (June) Patterson, Mrs. Jack (Joyce) Kleinendorst, Mrs. Joe (Jeanne) Karpik, and Mrs. Darrel (Pat) Campbell; 4 brothers, Glenn Adams, Fay Adams, Eddy Adams, and Bert Adams; and many nieces and nephews.

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