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Right: detail from "On to Paris"
showing a WAC in fatigues, 1944

 M. K. Sims wore Combat Boots in WWII

... only when necessary... the rest of the time she tried to get away with wearing loafers, which weren't considered part of the appropriate standard Army-issue uniform. She remembers having to spend a lot of time 'confined to quarters' for this breech of conduct.

Sims was a WAC (Women's Army Corps), a private in the U.S. Army who was also an artist that sketched her wartime experiences. While serving as a draftsman in the Signal Corps, she created several journals illustrating everyday life in the Women's Army Corps.

As a draftsman she worked on a variety of projects that included maps, wire diagrams, charts and recruitment posters. Because of her unique flair for design, composition and color, many of her pieces were chosen to be sent to Washington D.C. Some of her sketches and poster designs can be found in the permanent historical collections of the United States military.

left: In uniform at Ft. Oglethorpe, GA 1943

Sims served in London during the V-1 buzz-bombing. It was there in the spring of 1944 that she met her future husband, U.S. Army Lieutenant, E. J. Sims, a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division who was in London on medical leave.

She has the auspicious honor of landing on Utah Beach in Normandy as part of the D-Day landings and subsequently moving on to Paris as part of the Liberation Forces. For these two moves Sims received two combat battle stars. After V-E Day she transferred to Frankfurt, Germany as part of the Occupation Forces before returning to the United States.

In 2001 she was honored by the French government with a Veteran's Medal for making the Normandy landing and serving duty during the Liberation of Paris in '44. She continues to receive recognition for her war achievements.

right: M. K. Sims giving 'Women's Power'
salute at French award ceremony 2001

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