Carmen Contreras Bozak, Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps

The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was established during World War II on May 15, 1942, to “[make] available to the national defense the knowledge, skill and special training of the women of the nation”.  Carmen Contreras Bozak was the first Hispanic woman to enlist, serving as interpreter and in administrative positions to manage communications and cryptography.   She volunteered to go on the first WAAC deployment overseas, risking her life in North Africa. Contreras was born in Puerto Rico, and her family immigrated to New York when she was a child.