Oral history interview of Mary Louise Ingrassia. Interview conducted by Meredith Warner at University of Central Florida Library Study Room.
0:40 Born/growing up; 1:59 School for court reporting on the G.I. Bill; 3:08 Influences for joining Army and stigma for women; 5:30 Testing for the army and sign-up; 7:30 Recruiting/the scheme; 8:20 Basic training in the WAC, last graduating class, Feb. 1976; 13:45 WAC versus men's B.T., wanted us to be women; 15:40 Advanced individual training for being company clerk at Fort Benjamin Harris, Indiana; 18:04 Permanent duty station at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Aberdeen, Maryland; 21:40 Official complaint filed and reporting to Maryland; 22:45 Responsibilities in Maryland; 24:10 Commendment from Commanding Officer and promotion to Private First Class; 25:25 How complaint affected her; 29:30 Treated like a sister; 32:00 Deciding to leave the Army; 35:00 Friendships formed while in Maryland; 36:40 Visiting family on weekends; 39:30 Activities during time off; 41:00 Effects the Army had/proposal for marriage; 44:30 Transition from soldier to civilian; 46:50 Coming to Florida; 48:45 Children in the Armed Forces; 50:40 Feelings about son in military; 51:50 Regret leaving and current activities with veteran groups.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
New York (N.Y.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Cold War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Location of Service
Aberdeen (Md.); Fort Benjamin Harris (Ind.)
Private First Class; PFC
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida Library Study Room.
Ingrassia, Mary L.; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army; WAC (Women's Army Corps); Women and the military -- United States
Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.
Contributor Affiliation / Organization
RICHES; University of Central Florida
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UCF Community Veterans History Project
Mary (Kreppein), Ingrassia Louise, "Ingrassia, Mary Louise (Kreppein) interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 40.