I was really surprised that Iowa seemed to be the home of many of these bands. All branches of the military had women’s bands. The first activated was in 1942 at the WAAC Training Center in Fort Des Moines, Iowa. Also, the WAC had the only female black band in the history of the United States military, the 404th, located at Fort Des Moines.
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