Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Olive During World War 2
During World War 2 Olive volunteered as a nurse's aid in New York City. In December of 1942 she decided to join the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC). She was sent to Fort Des Moines in Iowa. Olive earned $12.50 a week driving an ambulance. She told reporters "I wanted to help where I could do the most good". In 1943 she received a citation for bravery when she she turned over an enemy ammunition truck. Olive was forced to leave the WAAC when she injured her ankle. She spent several weeks in the hospital and was given an honorable discharge. Olive moved back to Hollywood where she tried to resume her acting career.