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For a small group of Veterans of the
179th, they will know why she's here and for some family members who may have
seen her photo in thier fathers Army stuff this will answer who she was.
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Ardmore's war time pin up girl
with a big band in Altus led to one local woman being a World War II pin up girl.
Marilyn Sullivan, known as Lynn Randels around here, was a 1934 Ardmore High
School graduate. She was in her 20s, pursuing a singing and dancing career and
singing in a big band with a man named Clayton.
First Sgt. James Clayton
Ealum took along a picture of Lynn when he went to war. The beauty of his friend
was admired by the guys in the 179th Infantry Regiment and they sent her this
"Our" dear Lynn;
With due respect to Clayton "Bing"
- he's too selfish with your picture, we -- the undersigned have chosen you to
be our, "Pin up girl" -- already we have three of our anti-tank guns
named in your honor, -- and if we continue to have the success we have enjoyed
since naming our guns Lynn I, II and III, Jerry will find himself with no tanks
to line up in our sights.
We had a great deal of trouble in getting
your address from "Bing," and too, we believe he was reluctant to let
us have the same
Here's the pay off Lynn, we are asking you for one-half dozen
photos of your ever gorgeous self, if you please!
P.S. Please autograph all
the pictures, and let us know if you object of being our "Pin up girl."
"I was so thrilled to think those guys over there wanted my photos,"
Sullivan said. "I was no movie star."
She said she didn't know why
they wanted her to be their pin up girl, but it was just a great thrill to think
that they'd write her and ask.
"I was surprised and shocked," she
She said maybe they chose her because her photos were a little more
"showy" than regular photos of girls back home.
Now, author Penn Rabb has written a
book about "her" regiment, "Tomahawk and Peace Pipe: The 179th
Infantry Regiment." He will be signing his book Saturday from 1to 3 p.m.
at the Bookseller at 614 W. Main in Ardmore.
"I would like to get a
copy of this book and talk to the author," Sullivan said.
She said she
wants to find out where he did his research and find out if possibly any of the
men who signed her letter are still living so she can get in touch with them.
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