Top WWII General's Secretary Donates Uniform to Harwich Exhibit

New addition to Harwich Women Veterans Remember WWII Exhibit

The Harwich Historical Societyâ??s new exhibit featuring women who served in the military during World War II now includes the uniform of the woman who served as General Omar Bradleyâ??s secretary and followed the army into France shortly after the Allies had established their beachhead in June of 1944.

Claire Dodd, a longtime resident of Brewster, joined the Womenâ??s Army Corps (WAC) in 1944, attracted by the then existing regulation that among the womenâ??s services only the WACS could be assigned overseas. Upon completing
basic training, because of her fluency in French, Dodd was sent first to Scotland, and then to London. In London, she was introduced to the devastating nightly German bombings. Dodd was assigned to a pool of 20 WACS, who provided secretarial services for officers of the rank of Colonel or General and then tapped to serve General Bradley, one of the main field commanders of World War II and later promoted to a five-star general.

Dodd earned five battle stars, most unusual for a woman member of the military during the fierce fighting France.

The exhibit Harwich Salutes its Women in War from World War II continues through October of 2006. On display are uniforms, medals, recruiting materials, and other memorabilia from Cape Cod women veterans. The museum is open for tours Thursday and Friday, 1pm to 4pm.

Also on display at the museum are exhibits of Victorian wedding fashions, the history of cranberry farming, Charles D. Cahoon paintings, Crowell carved birds, early tools, maritime artifacts, and historic photos.

Admission is $3 for adults; free to children through age 18 and Society members. For more information, please call (508) 432-8089 or visit the website at www.harwichhistoricalsociety.org.


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