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Dora Andersen: Servicewoman and Teacher

Dora Andersen (1901-1995) lived in Wisconsin but often visited her uncle in Santa Cruz. She eventually moved to Seabright and taught school in neighboring counties. Not long after U.S. involvement in WWII began, Dora enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). She worked as a WAC communications clerk and was trained in motor transportation. It was her skills crafting with leather and metal that caught the Army’s attention. She would teach her craft as a part of her WAC service. Once released from service, Dora sought out a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Keeping in touch with her relationship to the Army, she returned to teaching at Herlong High School near Sierra Army Depot in Lassen County, where she would likely be teaching the children of servicemen and women. Dora travelled the world before returning to Seabright and serving her community through her work with teacher organizations.

Three brass pills and badges, one with an eagle, another with an eagle and crest, and finally a smaller pin of the medical symbol, Caduceus.

MAH Collections (1996.3.1)
Pins and badges used on Dora’s uniforms signify her association with medical personnel and the WAC. Some pins would be worn on WAC caps.

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