by Enfys McMurry
© 2014 Enfys McMurry All rights reserved.
May 6, 1945: In Centerville it was May 6, 7:41 Sunday evening Central War Time. In the little red schoolhouse in Reims, northern France, it was 2:41 a.m. of Monday the 7th. The discussions about German surrender were approaching a climax.The female WAC Sgts. including Numa’s Angela Cerato had been told an hour earlier by U.S. Lt. Gen. Walter Bedell Smith to go home and get some sleep. There’d be no agreement, he said, that night. At 2 a.m. Angela’s phone rang. She was told to report back to the schoolhouse. “Can you type?” asked Col. P.C. Lash. Angela then typed the official cable announcing the Nazi surrender to the world. “I finished the necessary number of copies about 5:30 and went home to get some sleep. I woke up my roommate, Sgt. Katherine Ruch of New York City, to tell her the war was over but she didn’t believe me.” (506/Iow May 29 1945)