Ethel Ash, a former teacher, was one of over 3,480 YMCA volunteers working alongside the military to improve the quality of life for soldiers, sailors, and Marines. Stationed in Verdun and Paris, France, Ash ran mobile canteens supplying doughnuts and also operated a soda fountain. Never off duty, she attended parties and social activities fulfilling the organization’s mission. For Ash, the variety of her work and leadership roles underscored her aspirations.
To find out more about Ethel Ash’s wartime service, correspondence, and the YMCA, read “YMCA Work During the Great War” by Jessica Henn, Collections Assistant, Women In Military Service for America Memorial Foundation.
Objects Courtesy Ethel Ash Collection, Gift of Sarah (Ash) Albert, Women’s Memorial Foundation Collection