Sara Parsons, WWII veteran, holds book signing in Wisconsin Rapids

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAW) -- World War II veteran Sara Parsons is one of the first women to enlist in the Army. She published a book titled First WAC where she detailed the history of the Women's Army Corps (WAC) and her experiences in the service.

She held a book signing session Wednesday morning at the American Hero's Cafe in Wisconsin Rapids, in conjunction with the organization Renewed Liberty, who helped her publish the book. All proceeds from the book sales will go to the grassroots organization Renewed Liberty, which provides flags to those flying old flags.

Parsons says she first joined because her husband was in the Army Reserves. She thought that would give her the opportunity to stay with him, but instead she didn't end up seeing him for three years.

The few female soldiers in her day weren't treated well by others in the army, especially by sergeants, Parsons said. So she set out to change that.

"Then I decided, well, if I'm gonna get anywhere at all, I've got to be an officer," she said. "I was one of the first ten officers that were female other than the nurses."

Her son, a Vietnam veteran, says she's the only woman still living of the original 15 to 20 women in the WAC.

You can purchase Parson's book First WAC at the Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce. It's one of four books Parsons has written.