The Sioux Falls Air Base, 1942-1945 Collection is divided between camp newsletters/newspapers from 1942-1945 and miscellaneous base related items. The later includes things such as clippings and articles on the Gray Ladies (Red Cross volunteers who worked at the base), and a pamphlet describing the air base and its schools. Also included are two photos of the first anniversary of the base's service club on October 17, 1943. The included camp newsletters/newspapers are principally comprised of issues of THE POLAR TECH, later renamed THE SIOUX SENTINEL; the WARDOSCOPE, the base hospital newspaper; and the NEWS, the station hospital newspaper. Sioux Falls was awarded an Army base in 1942 after intense lobbying by the local Chamber of Commerce and civic leaders. The purpose of the base was to train Air Force recruits in either radio operation or in mechanics.
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