Steel magnolia book signing is March 1

(02-15-2012)

Soft spoken Dorothy Brandt lied about her age to serve her country during WWII. Motivated to be part of something bigger than herself, Brandt slept on the doorstep of the Charlotte, North Carolina Army Recruiter's office at age 16 in order to enlist first thing one February morning in 1944. Brandt still remembers the feeling of patriotism she had then, shared with many other people. Brandt tells of friendships formed and the world opened to her being in the Army. She excelled in the Armed Forces, achieving the rank of Sargent, virtually unheard of, for a woman, during that time.

Recently, Brandt wrote a book, "America's Youngest Women Warriors," telling her story, along with other underage women veterans. The stories honor veterans and demonstrate that women can achieve anything they put their minds to. To provide a time period perspective, select stories from the book will be read by teenage girls, of the age at which many of these women enlisted in WWII. Brandt and guests will be featured on KRZA radio's "Spoken Word" at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 11.

ASC Community Partnerships will host Dorothy Brandt’s book discussion and signing from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday, March 1. ASC Community Partnerships is located on the corner of Main Street and Edgemont Blvd. in Alamosa, Colo. Please join us for apple pie and a glimpse of women veteran stories from the 1940s. Call 719-587-8209 for more information.