Hello Girls Of WW1
Signal Corps Women
The history of the "Hello Girls" begins in late 1917, when General
Pershing's appeal for bilingual telephone-switchboard operators was
published in newspapers throughout the United States. It was called an
"Emergency Appeal" and specifically requested that women, who held the
position of switchboard operators exclusively in the new Bell Telephone
Company, be sworn into the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Pershing wanted
women to be sworn into the Army as an emergency need, because, he
stated, women have the patience and perseverance to do long, arduous
detailed work. He had found that the men in the Signal Corps had
difficulty operating the switchboards for these reasons and he also
wanted them to be in the field, constantly stringing the wire necessary
for communication from the trenches to the A.E.F. GHQ at Chaumont. It
was the first time in the history of warfare that soldiers in the
front-lines were connected to the General command.
My grandmother Jeanne Catherine Legallet served in France
for the Signal Corps as a telephone
operator and translator (picture below).
of Jeanne Catherine Legallet
The army did not recognize them as army personal until Congress
passes a bill in 1979.
Brigadier General Vincent Russo gave my grandmother her discharge
papers a victory medal.
Here is the text on the back of the above picture, the original is not
clear so I could not scan it.
Official U.S. Amy Photograph
Brigadier General Vincent Russo
presents a discharge certificate
and World War 1 victory medal to Mrs
Jeanne C. Legalllet Stoner.
Mrs Stoner served as a telephone
operator for General Pershing’s American Expeditionary forces in France
Photo by : J. Blanchette Date 13 Feb
Oakland Army Base Oakland CA.
Jeanne Catherine Legallet
US Army Signal Corps Telephone
Over view, face and back
Click image for large image.
Anyone with more information on the "Hello Girls" of WW1 or would like
to add their personal links please contact me (Kevin E. West). (this is not a link so I do not get junk mail.)
My family web page http://www.geocities.com/kevinewest/
I am looking for a official Army web site for the Signal Corps women. I
have not found a list of women that were given this award from 1979. So
if anyone can help also please contact me.
I live in California in the SF Bay Area, if you are local I can give
you my phone number.
My Grandfather was Harold G Stoner a major architect in San Francisco
in 1920 and later. He also designed many homes in Oakland and
WW1 Signal Corps Women Links
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