I love that today is National Doughnut Day (doughnuts being one of my favorite treats). And I love even more that this day is not named in honor of the tasty round fried pastries with the hole in the middle, but by the young Salvation Army volunteers who brought doughnuts to our soldiers in World War I.
These lovely young “dough girls” served more than treats; they also were wonderful morale boosts to the men in uniform. They were chosen for their charm, their beauty, their helpfulness — rather like the young women who hung out at the USO during WWII to dance and visit with the soldiers…all in the name of patriotism!
I wonder whether my grandfather, Otho Monroe Fenley, ever encountered one of these girls during WWI. I rather hope he did.