Frieda M. (Wond) Lambrecht served with the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in World War II and the Korean War. 1 She was born on August 31, 1913, in Gelsencherkin, Germany, to Karl Wond and Ida Charcolla. 2 According to the 1930 US census shown here, her family immigrated to the United States in 1926. 3 She became a naturalized citizen in Decatur, IL, in November 1929. 4 She had two sisters, Marie and Margaret, and four brothers, Carl, Walter, and Henry, all of Decatur, IL. 5
Prior to her enlistment, Frieda Wond worked for ten years as a nurse at the St. John’s Sanitarium in Springfield, IL, 6 and later as a machine operator for A.E. Staley Manufacturing Co. in Decatur, IL. 7 A local corn processing company, A.E. Staley founded the Decatur Staleys professional football team—the predecessor to the Chicago Bears. 8
On February 24, 1945, in Decatur, IL, Frieda Wond enlisted with the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), later shortened to the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). 9 A bill establishing the WAAC was introduced in May 1941 by Massachusetts Congresswoman Edith Nourse Rogers to create non-combatant positions for women in the Army; President Franklin Roosevelt signed the bill into law the following May. 10 Decatur, IL, achieved its WAC recruitment quota for the Army’s general hospitals within one week, thanks to Wond and the five other women who enlisted on the same day. 11 Wond completed basic training at Fort Oglethorpe, GA. After basic training, she served in Battle Creek, MI, and Valley Forge, PA. From 1950-1952, she served in Fort Bragg, NC.
As seen in this marriage record, Frieda Wond married Conrad “Dutch” John Lambrecht—a Warrant Officer and band leader in the US Army—on July 6, 1951, in Contra Costa, CA. 12 Unlike the Army Nurse Corps, marriages were permitted for WAAC members. 13 In 1952, Master Sergeant Frieda (Wond) Lambrecht and Warrant Officer Conrad Lambrecht were stationed as husband and wife in Japan. 14 There she worked as a surgical assistant treating wounded soldiers from the Korean War at the Tokyo Army Hospital. 15 He led the 1st Infantry Division and 24th Infantry Division military bands and spent much of his time working with German citizens to organize concerts with military marches. 16 Under his direction, the military band members performed for the Queen of Holland on the ten-year anniversary of the nation’s independence. 17 They also provided musical accompaniment for the division’s disembarkation in New York City in July 1955. 18
Frieda Lambrecht was released from service on October 30, 1952. 19 Conrad Lambrecht served until 1959. 20 After their time in the Army, the Lambrechts moved to Umatilla, FL. 21 Conrad Lambrecht was an avid bowler at Eustis Lanes. 22 Frieda Lambrecht continued in the medical field, working at Waterman Memorial Hospital as a surgical assistant. 23 In 1968, she served on the Employee Advisory Committee for Waterman Memorial Hospital. In 1971, she was re-elected for the position on a one-year term. 24 The Lambrechts had a dog named Duke. 25
Frieda Lambrecht died April 4, 1995, and was laid to rest two days later at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. 26 Conrad passed away September 12, 2000. He is also buried in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. 27
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2 “Deaths, Walter O. Wond.”
3 “1930 United States Federal Census,” database, Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com (accessed April 4, 2017) entry for Frieda Wond, Year: 1930; Census Place: Decatur, Macon, Illinois; Roll: 538; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 0032; Image: 542.0; FHL microfilm: 2340273.
4 “U.S., Departing Passenger and Crew Lists, 1914-1965,” database, Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com (accessed April 4, 2017) entry for Frieda M. Lambrecht, NAI Number: 3335533; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004; Record Group Number: 85; Series Number: A4169; NARA Roll Number: 290.
5 “Deaths, Walter O. Wond.”
6 “With the Colors, Sgt. Frieda M. Lambrecht,” The Decatur Herald, July 3, 1952, accessed April 4, 2017, Newspapers.com.
8 “History of the Staleys/Chicago Bears,” Staley Museum, accessed April 4, 2017, http://staleymuseum.com/history-of-the-staley-bearschicago-bears/.
9 Judith Bellafaire, The Women’s Army Corps A Commemoration of World War II Service, (Washington, DC: GPO, 1993) 17.
10 Bellafaire, The Women’s Army Corps, 3-4.
11 “With the Colors.”
13 Mattie E. Treadwell, United States Army in World War II Special Studies The Women’s Army Corps (Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1971), 510.
18 George Mawhinney, “There’s No Politics in Melody: First Division Band Leader Sees Music Cementing Both Germanys,” The Courier Post, July 26, 1955, accessed April 4, 2017, Newspapers.com.
21 Farley, “Lambrecht will be missed.” Orlando Sentinel, Newspapers.com.
22 Farley, “Lambrecht will be missed.” Orlando Sentinel, Newspapers.com.
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24 “Hospital Group Elects Members,” Orlando Sentinel, September 12, 1971, accessed April 4, 2017, Newspapers.com.
25 Mawhinney, “There’s No Politics.”
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