U.S. Army 1943–1945


Marcia Bloom answered the call for women to serve and spent 2 1/2 years in the Women’s Army Corps. A shy young woman, she learned how to handle herself in whatever assignments she was given, from drum corps to military police and even as part of a radar crew in Orlando, Fla. Many of her stories are humorous, although she did experience some discrimination because she was a woman. While in service she made many lifelong friends. Marcia talks about her husband, Otto Zwecher, who fled from the Nazis in Austria and became an interpreter for the U.S Army during the war, and about life in Natick after the war.


Marcia Bloom Zwecher at WAC graduation


Marcia Bloom Zwecher at Fort Devens, 1943


Training how to use gas masks


Marcia Bloom Zwecher, center, heading home, 1945

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