Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Clara' Turk' Waggoner, Chief Warrant Officer, 4th class WAAC

Clara "Turk" Waggoner Turk spent her entire life here except the 20 years she spent in the Army. Turk graduated from Lawrenceville High School in 1925 and was immediately employed by the school as librarian and then clerk and secretary to the superintendent and remained in that position for over 18 years. In 1943, two years after Pearl Harbor bombing, Turk enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps and served in New Guinea and the Philippines during the war. Her duties were mainly clerical but she also served in a cryptographic office working to decode secret transmissions using type writer-like machines.   She retired in 1965 as Chief Warrant Officer, 4th Class, after 20 years of active duty. After retirement from the Army, Turk returned to Lawrenceville and was employed by the public library, from where she also retired in 1976.

Among the ribbons on Waggoner's  uniform which is proudly displayed in our Museum now, are the Army Commendation ribbon; the Army Good Conduct Ribbon, the American Campaign ribbon, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign ribbon, the National Defense ribbon; the Armed Forces Reserve ribbon, the Philippine Liberation ribbon, and the Philippine Independence ribbon.