Detroiter, 100, honored for decades of Red Cross service

DETROIT (WXYZ) — On Monday, the American Red Cross honored Detroiter Doris Adler for her decades of service.

Adler, 100, has walked down memory lane as he flips through his album filled with photos from the 1940s.

“It’s a treasure,” Mary Lynn Foster, Michigan Region Red Cross CEO, said of the album.

Adler replied, “Yes, it is.”

“I haven’t looked at this book for a long time,” she said.

The memorabilia collection illustrates his two-year tour of Japan. The American Red Cross hired her in August 1945 to serve there as a “Red Cross Girl”.

“So your monthly salary was only $150,” Foster read in Adler’s employment journal.

“Oh, that was a lot back then,” Adler replied.

This era immediately followed the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

“I went there with hate – like we feel now with Russia,” Adler recalled. “And I wasn’t looking forward to going there at all.”

But over time, Adler said those feelings changed as she and other Red Cross girls worked at the Banker’s Club and made sure American soldiers had a place to go off base for help. hobbies and where they could feel at home. Adler said the club has pool tables, ping-pong, and workers provide donuts, coffee, and tours of Japan.

“It was a very wonderful time for us because we were doing what we thought was so important,” Adler said.

But of all the experiences she remembers the most, Adler explained it was “just a change in my feelings about people first.”

“Because I really started to think it was so terrible that we were there and what the Japanese had done to us was right…then you came across young children like this, who had gone through war,” she said.

She became attached to the local people and their culture.

For Adler’s service in Japan, then Germany, and back in the United States, Foster honored Adler on behalf of the organization.

She received several keepsakes, including a plaque.

“I have granted you today for your wonderful service with our esteemed gratitude,” Foster said.

“Thank you very, very much. That’s lovely,” Adler replied.

The lifelong Detroiter is now adding the items to her collection of memorabilia tied to the story she lived through that many will only read about.


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