Matilda and Bernice Blaustein
Blaustine and her daughter, Bernice, both served in WAAC during World
Prior to the War, Matilda Blaustine was appointed
to the position of district deputy of New
York in the Masonic Order, the highest position a Jewish woman had
achieved in that organization. She was inducted as a staff sergeant
into the first contingent of the WAAC in 1942 and took basic training
at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. She served as a radar spotter for U.S. Naval
Intelligence in the First Fighter Command in New York until her discharge
Following the War, Matilda tirelessly raised funds
for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society working for the release of refugee
family units from the Displacement
Camps and subsequent resettlement.
Bernice Blaustein joined the WAAC in 1943 and received
basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas.
She also served until 1945.
Sources: Courtesy of the Jewish
Women's Archives and Jewish