Jane Gail Brister was 20 years old and employed at H. W. Butterworth of Philadelphia (a textile-machinery firm converted before to war to manufacture mounts for anti-aircraft guns) and enrolled as a student at Beaver College at the onset of World War II. She put in a request to join the Womens Army Auxiliary Corps (later the Women's Army Corps) in May of 1942, when it was created; her employer kept from joining for one year by designating her as essential personal, and she enlisted the following May at the age of 21. After six weeks of basic training at Fort Oglethorpe in Georgia, she was admitted to Officer Candidate School and graduated in September of 1943 as a lieutenant. She was eventually deployed to Europe, but VE Day came when her convoy was in transit across the Atlantic. After spending time in Versaille and Frankfurt, she spent time in an administrative position at an intelligence school in Germany and returned to the US in December of 1946. She enrolled at the University of Southern California for a semester. She re-enlisted in the Army at the start of the Korean war and was trained as a specialist in the Russian language and culture, after which she worked in Army Intelligence. She retired in 1964 and went to work at Sylvania, a civilian intelligence think tank. She left shortly and spent the rest of her career in various jobs.
Transcript Number 111
Title: Jane Gail Brister: Remembering World War II
Interviewee: Jane Gail Brister
Interviewer: Paul Zarbock
Date of Interview: May 15, 2002
Location of Interview: Wilmington, NC
Description: Mini-DV
Documentation: 1 Typed Transcript
Series: World War II Veterans Oral History Preservation Project
Series: Voices of Experience