Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Franklin Cantonment
Fort George G. Meade
—United States Army —
The camp served as a training site for Signal Corps telephone operators, women knows as the "Hello Girls." These were among the first women to serve as uniformed members of the Army, 24 years before the founding of the Women's Army Corps. Of 7,000 women who applied, only about 450 were selected. Minimal qualifications included being fluent in both English and French and being in excellent physical condition.
Initial training for the operators was conducted by AT&T personnel. Once finished with the AT&T program, they reported to Camp Franklin for military training under the guidance of Signal Corps instructors. On March 6, 1918, 33 operators sailed for France, the first of 233 female operators who eventually served overseas. When the war ended, the War Department refused to consider the women eligible for veteran's benefits. In 1971 an act of Congress granted the "Hello Girls" formal recognition as veterans.
This plaque erected
Erected 1996 by Fort Meade Museum.
Location. 39° 5.957′ N, 76° 43.363′ W. Marker is in Fort Meade, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is at the intersection of Chamberlin Avenue and 6th Street, on the left when traveling north on Chamberlin Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort George G Meade MD 20755, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eisenhower's Quarters (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); 85th Medical Battalion Avenue (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Tank School and Tank Corps (approx. 0.3 miles away); Patton's Headquarters (approx. 0.4 miles away); School for Bakers and Cooks (approx. 0.4 miles away); Post Hospital (approx. 0.7 miles away); Hodges Hall (approx. 0.8 miles away); White Oak (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Meade.
Categories. • 20th Century • Civil Rights • Forts, Castles • Military • War, World I •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 4, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 974 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 4, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.