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Rosemary Reed Powell collection

 Collection — Box: 00.0858 - Box 1
Identifier: 02-00.0858

Scope and Contents

This collection includes personal photographs, personal letters, and paper ephemera related to Rosemary Reed Powell who served in the Women's Army Corps with the 3rd Army during World War II.


  • 1943-2001
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1943-1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/22/2000


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast works from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience must be requested and granted in writing by the director of the Institute. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Institute on World War II as the owner of the physical items and the copyright holder. Possession of a copy of an item does not constitute permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast it. The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience reserves the right to refuse permission to individuals and publishers who have not complied with its policies. Permission fees must be paid before images are provided. Please contact the director of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience for current publication and duplication rates.

Biographical or Historical Information

Rosemary Reed Powell was born on September 22, 1920, in Newport, Washington. Not much is known about her life prior to her time spent in the Army.

On April 8, 1943, she was inducted in Salt Lake City, Utah. She received basic training in Camp Ruston, Louisiana (April 1943 - June 1943) and Fort Des Moines, Iowa (July 1943 - July 1945). Powell acted as Personnel Director at Fort Des Moines and then Director of Civilian Personnel for the 3rd Army. Once Powell completed officer candidate school, she was sent to Germany in 1945-1946. She was stationed in Munich and Bad Tolz, Germany, and she attended the Nuremburg Trials. During her service, Powell was the authorizing officer for payments made to the German scientists in the United States, also referred as a "Paper Clip". She also served as a captain in the WAC, serving on the General Patton's staff during and after the the war.

She recieved commendation from the third army for her work in 1945 and 1946. The WACs in her unit received commendation for their conduct when a ship they boarded caught on fire while overseas.

She was discharged from the WAC September 1, 1946. Powell passed away in Boise, Idaho on November 9, 2013.

Note written by Olivia Foley


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Custodial History

This collection was donated by Rosemary Reed Powell. The collection was acquired by the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience on November 22, 2000.

Method of Acquisition




Rosemary Reed Powell collection
Olivia Foley
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository