Fanny Breton was one of 150,000 women to serve in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II, just two years after it was formed.
She speaks matter of factly about her military service and sometimes dons an Army green shirt that reads, “Women Who Served.”
From Family to Military Life
Born April 22, 1926 in Calion, Arkansas, Fanny was the fourth of five children: Oliver, John, Mertal, Fanny and Mary-Ann. Her father, Bryant, worked in the oil fields in the small town they lived in while Fanny’s mother, Henrietta, stayed at home to take care of the children and tend to their farm animals. Fanny had many pets she recalls: a horse she would ride, a few cows, pigs and dogs.
At the age of 20 Fanny signed up for the Army. She was in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, or WAAC, and she loved it. She was stationed in Texas and Florida, and drove a jeep on the experimental grounds as bombs and grenades were tested. Fanny transported Generals and Sergeants and saw “everything and anything. Some of the girls had it tough, but I didn’t. It was a soft job. It was a lot of fun, really.”
Fanny Starts a Family
Fanny met her future husband, Armand Breton, in the Army. He was from Maine and that is how she came to live and raise her family in a state that she said was a little cold at first. Armand and Fanny have two wonderful children, Penny and William, and raised them in the Lewiston/Auburn area. Fanny worked in an area shoe factory. She also went on to beauty school but never did hair.
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