In 1943 artist Francis V. Kughler, Hudson River Museum Director H. Armour Smith and Women’s Army Corps recruiter Joanne Coates conceived a plan to encourage women of Yonkers to enlist in the army and honor their contribution. Every Yonkers woman who joined the WACs would have her portrait made in oil or pastel by Kughler.
Frances Depole was sworn into the WAC the day before her younger brother Henry took his physical exam for the Army. Their middle brother Albert, an Army lieutenant, was already overseas. Her Italian born father was also a veteran, having fought with the U.S. Army in France during World War I.
At time of her enlisting, Private Depole was quoted in the Herald Statesman as saying, “I want my brothers home again, that’s why I’m joining the WAC.” Tragically, Albert died in combat in Italy later that same year.
Prior to enlisting Frances Depole was employed by the North American Philips Company, Inc., in Dobbs Ferry. In 1949, she married Army veteran Frank Stangarone.