Collections - MF 144 Women in the Military
MF 144 Women in the Military
Number of accessions: 54
Dates interviews were conducted: 2000-2003
Time period covered: 20th century
Principal interviewers: various
Finding aides: transcripts
Access restrictions: none
Description: Papers and interviews about women in the military.
3200 Agatha Guthrie and Mary Shutze, interviewed by Carol Toner and Mazie Hough. Guthrie, talks about completing her training at Camp Coy, WI; being stationed in England and Germany. Shutze talks about completing her training at Fort Devans; being stationed in Manila and later Germany; talking about serving in WWII in the Army Nurse Corps. Text: 31 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2300.
3201 Delores Hainer, interviewed by Rebecca Pelletier and Elizabeth Fowler, November 10, 2000, Hampden, Maine. Hainer talks about joining the army after WWII; her basic training in Camply, VA; and being stationed in San Antonio, TX. Text: 34 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2301, C 2302, CD 1047, 1048 1 hour 17 minutes.
3202 Helen Burns, interviewed by Lacey Stone and Ellen Geraghty, November 9, 2000, Bangor, Maine. Helen talks about joining the Army Nurses Corps in May of 1945; serving in Camp Lee, VA, Frederick, MD, Phoenixville, PA, San Francisco, CA and Yokohama, Japan. Text: 12 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2303.
3203 Barbara Beal, interviewed by Laura Wheaton, November 14, 2001, in her home in Ellsworth, Maine. Beal talks about joining the Army Nurses Corps in 1970; being stationed in Hawaii; being sent to Vietnam where she served until 1972; her rank of Lieutenant. Text: 15 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2304.
3204 Cathy Parsons, interviewed by Laura Wheaton, November 15, 2001, Bangor Maine. Parsons talks about joining the Army National Guard in 1990; being sent to Desert Storm and so joining the active U. S. Army; being stationed stationed for a time in Schwabisch Hall, Germany; her rank of Master Sergeant (upon leaving). Text: 15 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2305.
3205 Deborah R. Kelley, interviewed by Jennifer LaPlante, November 17, 2001. LaPlante talks about being in the Maine Air National Guard for 12 years (at the time of interview); her basic training in Knoxville TN; attending navigational (NAV) school in Sacramento, CA. Text: 19 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2306.
3206 Margaret E Puckett, interviewed by Melissa A St.Peter, November 2, 2001, at Margarets home in Bangor, Maine. Maragret talks about her entering the military, Women’s Army Corps, in 1973; being stationed in Fort Bragg, NC, where she was a Second Lieutenant; ending her career as a Captain. Text: 22 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2307.
3207 Donna Loring, interviewed by Mazie Hough and Carol Toner, June 19, 2001, at the CATS Library in Augusta, Maine. Donna talks about enlisting in 1966; training in California and going to Vietnam; serving in the military occupational specialty signals corps and as a soldier of the Women’s Army Corps. Text: 9 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2308, CD 1057, CD 1058.
3208 Angel Maria Tyler, interviewed by Tiffany Jones, November 5, 2001, Bangor, Maine. Tyler talks about Angel’s birth date and birthplace; her parents; her upbringing; her reasons for joining the military; Air Force basic training; service from 1987 to 1992; her reaction to cutting her hair; places she was stationed; her service in Minot, North Dakota and Germany; ranks she attained during her service, being an administrative specialist; being a marksman; experiences as a woman in the military; what she has learned from her military experience; her opinions on rape in the military and rape at academic institutes; how she feels about her military service. Text: 49 pp. transcript. Recording: CD 1059, CD 1060, C 2309, 2310.
3209 Elizabeth Carlson, interviewed by Melissa St. Peter, November 3, 2001, at Ms. Carlson’s home in Bangor, Maine. Carlson talks about Elizabeth’s birthplace; her parents; reasons for joining the military; basic training; her assignment as a weather equipment specialist; her service from 1977 to 1981 in the Air Force; her assignment to funeral detail; marriage and becoming a parent in the service; stationed in Chanute, Illinois; her views on women in combat; her views on the draft; what she did after she left the military; her family’s reactions to her enlistment; her opinions of politics and the military. Also, 2 page journal of interview with Carlson. Text: 25 pp. transcript, 2 pp. interview journal. Recording: C 2311, CD 1061 57 minutes.
3210 Deena Sole, interviewed by Joelle Quartarone, November 3, 2001. Sole talks about joining the Navy in 1985; completing her basic training in Orlando, FL; being stationed in Aragento (Agrigento?) Sicily as a seamen recruit; being in an MAS unit in Jacksonville, FL during the Gulf War. Text: 10 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2312.
3211 Kim Lander, interviewed by Jennifer LaPlante, November 15, 2001, at her home in Newport Maine. Landertalks about joining the Maine Air National Guard; completing her training in San Antonio Texas; attending tech- school in Pease New Hampshire; serving in the Strategic Air Command during the Gulf War; being a crew chief at the time of the interview. Text: 21 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2313.
3212 Bessie Fleetwood, interviewed by Elizabeth LaPierre, December 9, 2001, Kennebunkport Maine. Fleetwood talks about completing her basic training in Cedar Falls, Iowa; serving as a Yeoman First Class in the Vietnam War; being stationed in Endicott Rhode Island. Text: 18 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2314.
3213 Irene Walker Infererra, interviewed by John Dunham, November 26, 2000. Walker talks about training as a nurse in Belfast, Maine; entering the Army Nurses Corps in April, 1943; serving in Camp Edwards, MA and England during World War II. Text: 11 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2315.
3214 Maguerite McNeil, interviewed by Carol Toner and Mazie Hough, February 5, 2001. McNeil talks about joining the military when she was 26 years old, in the midst of World War II; serving as an acting Sergeant and teacher (drilling and math skills) in Daytona Beach, FL and North Carolina; being sent to Lackey, Philippines where she served until contracting a fungal infection, was hospitalized and eventually discharged. Text: 23 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2316, C 2317.
3215 Mary Elliot, interviewed by John Dunham, December 2, 2001, Camden, Maine. Elliot talks about training as a nurse in Massachusetts; becoming a member of the Red Cross; being called to serve in the Army following the attack on Pearl Harbor; being stationed at Camp Edwards, MA, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Salisbury, England; being a Second Lieutenant nurse. Text: 18 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2318.
3216 Barbara B. Collier, interviewed by Elizabeth LaPierre, December 9, 2000, in Collier’s home in Kennebunk, Maine. Collier, 83 at the time of interview, talks about serving as a 2nd class storekeeper in the Naval Air Unit of the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), the women’s branch of the United States Naval Reserve, during World War II; serving at the Opa Locka Naval Air Force Base near Miami, FL. Text: 24 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2319.
3217 Marjorie C. Hall, interviewed by Robin Arnold and Molly MacLean, November 15, 2000. Hall talks about completing her basic training at Hunter College in New York City in 1944; joining the Hospital Corps upon completion; being stationed at Bethesda Naval Hospital; and later at Great Lakes, Illinois as part of the WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service). Text: 18 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2320.
3218 Annie M. McCarthy, interviewed by Robin Arnold and Molly MacLean, November 17, 2000, at her home in Bangor, Maine. McCarthy talks about being a member of a detachment of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps assigned to the Air Force; working as a Radio Operator in Daytona, Florida; serving under the 8th Air Force Strategic Air Command in China and India. Text: 23 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2321.
3219 Evelyn McPhee, interviewed by Jaime Ferris, November 28, 2000, Bangor, Maine. McPhee talks about her childhood in Bangor, Maine; her decision to enlist in the Navy; her family’s reaction; her education; her reasons for enlisting in the Waves (Navy) in 1941; serving stateside during World War II; boot camp at Hunters College in New York; her tour of New York; Milledgeville State Teacher’s College in Georgia; transferring to Atlanta, Georgia; her duties as a storekeeper; typing orders; Tyrone Power; Kate Smith; her opinions about segregation and integration; Southern attitudes towards Northern Yankees and African-Americans; the prejudice she endured as a Northerner; her husband’s return from the South Pacific where he served as a medic; settling in Harrisburg, Mississippi; reasons why youth today should enlist. Text: 12 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2322, CD 2441 23 minutes.
3220 Ruth O’Neil, interviewed by a student in WS 201, November 27, 2000, Old Town, Maine. O’Neil tslkd about joining the Army in 1953; serving as a field medic; completing her basic training at Fort MCauley in Alabama. For the class’s Women and War project. Text: 3 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2323.
3221 Louine Lunt Peck, interviewed by Carol Toner and Mazie Hough, August 16, 2000, at her home in Northeast Harbor, Maine. Peck talks about serving as a Second Lieutenant as a nurse in the Navy Nurses Corps from 1938 to 1941; serving in the Army Nurses Corps from 1943 to 1945; serving on the Acadia, which sailed to the Bay of Naples and Normandy. Text: 53 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2324, C 2325.
3222 Colette Beaulieu, interviewed by Sharon T. Callnan, December 13, 2001. Colette talks about her birth date and birthplace; her parents; her upbringing; her reasons for joining the military; being a mother and wife when she joined the Air Force; basic training; her experience as a woman in the military; her service from 1992 to 1996; her assignment in supply and inventory management; Spangdahlem, Germany; Minot, North Dakota; Palace Chase; being in the Air Guard and Air National Guard Reserves. Text: 54 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2326, CD 2025 90 minutes.
3223 Sara Bilodeau, interviewed by Phyllis von Herrlich, November 10, 2001. Bilodeau talks about going into service in 1986; marrying a man from Maine; being on active duty in 1992; United States Air Force; “slick sleeve” airman basic; family in military; a building designated for all women in 1986; the 60 other women in basic with her; open bay; guide on; law enforcement; selecting 1 woman a month; becoming a dog handler; training at Lagland (Lackland?) Air Force base; 15 weeks of training; being the only female in her group of 6; going to Guam; PRP certification; walking the “red line”; “red dogs”- Belgian Malinois dogs; switching dogs; working in Air Force base in South Caroline; defending during desert storm; marrying in Guam; being in the army 6 years; starting full time in guard in 93; thinking everyone should serve two years at least. Text: 34 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2327.
3224 Sharon Blair, interviewed by Caitlyn Barker, December 4, 2001, Augusta, Maine. Blair talks about her aspirations of becoming a legal secretary; attending Thomas College; reasons for joining the Marine Corps in 1965; struggles of boot camp at Paris Island, South Carolina; treatment of women in boot camp; the developed bond between members of Marine Corps, and those of the military; life at the base at Cherry Point in North Carolina; working at the Cherry Point base while fellow Marines were deployed to Vietnam; segregation; lessons of the Marine Corps, and its impact on her life; being the first women veteran to work in a male dominated section of the VA; information about WIMSA. Text: 33 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2328, CD 2188 1 hour 13 minutes.
3225 Louise Cirillo, interviewed by Angela Nickerson, March 17, 2002, Pittsfield, Maine. Cirillo (b. 1912) talks about being growing up in Germany; working as a cook; coming to the U. S. in 1936 to escape Hitler’s Germany; meeting the Von Trapp family; first impressions of America; training to be a nurse; treating patients with malaria; difficulty joining the Navy as a German; her leisure time; working in a military hospital; secret marriage; hearing about the end of WWII; her military leave; living in Boston with her husband; private duty nurse at Deaconess Hospital in Boston; public health nurse in Springfield, MA; husband studied to be a lawyer; his job offer in Pittsfield, Maine in 1950; husband served as District Attorney for 3 terms in Skowhegan, ME; meeting Galen Cole; experiences of her parents in Germany during and after the war; how life in Europe was different after the war. Text: 36 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2329 1 hour.
3226 Jacalyn L. Ellingsen, interviewed by Sarah Lawler, November 13, 2001, unknown location. Ellingsen talks about her experience as an information manager in the Air National Guard since 1979; basic training in Lackland, Texas; tech school in MS; her reasons for joining; computer use; rules and regulations; the view of women in the military, Air Force, and administration; her experience as a hippie in Huntingdon, PA during the Vietnam War; patriotism; her view of the Persian Gulf War and the Iraq War; the role of the Air Nation Guard; the reaction of her family and friends to her enlistment; GI Bill; the relationship between the government and the military; her stay in Alaska during her husband’s tour; marriage, divorce, and motherhood; military benefits; the government’s handling of September 11th and anthrax; the role of women and discrimination in the military and civilian workplace; women in combat; female relationships; military promotional policies; travel. Transcript: 48 page. Recording: 1 hour 10 minutes C 2330, 2331.
3227 Patricia Conlon, interviewed by Kristin Taylor. Conlon talks about her personal and family histories; her childhood in Newark, New Jersey; her parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Conlon; being a commissioned officer in the Air Force during the Gulf War; McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey; hers and her family’s reactions to her enlistment in the Air Force; being a mother while serving in the military; Shephard Air Force Base in Texas; her experiences and duties as a flight nurse for Air Vac in Europe and the United States; her opinions on differences between men and women in the military; activities during leisure time; her homecoming after the Gulf War ended; her opinion on women in combat; benefits received for serving in the military; and her subsequent training as a profusionist (perfusionist?). Recording: C 2332, CD 2464.
3228 Debra Couture, interviewed by Sarah Brasslett, December 2, 2001, at Drummond Chapel at the University of Maine. Couture discusses her experience as an Medical Service Corps Officer in the Navy Reserve from 1987 on; the response to the Persian Gulf War; officer candidate school in Pensacola, Florida; rules and regulations for men and women; her role in the Persian Gulf War; her typical day at the hospital; the relationship between men and women in the military; military and civilian employment; reaction to the Vietnam War; her family’s reaction to her enlistment; military benefits; her political opinion of the Persian Gulf War; gender improvements in the military; the relationship between men and women; female relationships and officers; view of women in the military; her view on the Iraq War and the reaction to it; female promotional policies and opportunities in the military; Women Veteran’s Commission in Maine 1998. Text: 38 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2333 1 hour.
3229 Mary Jane Cyr, interviewed by Caitlyn Barker, November 14, 2001, at her home in Hermon. Cyr talks about her career as a flight mechanic and crew chief in the Air National Guard; family background; basic training in Lackland, Texas; her experience in Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf War; family life and the military; her experience as a woman in the military and other’s perceptions; her opinion of the Persian Gulf War and September 11th; tech school; travel; women’s place in the military.
Text: 12 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2334 30 minutes.
3230 Lydia Franz, interviewed by Angela Nickerson, April 7, 2002, at her home in Owl’s Head, Maine. Franz talks about her experience in WWII as a WAC cryptanalyst; code and Japanese water-code; military secrecy and security; family home front and military experience; reaction to Pearl Harbor; recruitment and placement; basic training at Fort Oglethorpe, GA; work at Arlington Hall and the Pentagon in Washington D.C.; Japanese surrender and reaction to Hiroshima; early IBM computers; cracking code for Douglass McArthur; relationship between the military and the media; reaction to article by Drew Peterson; the Japanese change from Enigma code; propaganda and feelings toward the Japanese; women’s place in the military; experience as a foreign legion clerk in China; amoebic dysentery; arrival in San Francisco; childhood in Chicago; G. I. Bill education; experience as a realtor in Illinois. Text: 33 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2335, CD 2221 1 hour.
3231 Susan “Sue” Murphy-Hammond, interviewed by Phyllis von Herrlich, October 28 2001, Augusta, Maine. Murphy-Hammond talks about the U. S. Navy: enlisting in 1970; basic training at 18; the strict list of what could be brought; barracks; having to walk paths that were unmarked, punishment if you went off; training with just women; having to have a physical twice; wearing dungarees; 3 uniforms; training with 28 or 30 girls; room standards; failing inspection too many times, didn’t graduate; wearing a wig so she didn’t have to cut her hair; her station in Quonset Point, RI; waves; black shoe; brown shoe; working in aircraft intermediate maintenance department; first class petty officer; husband going to Vietnam; honorable discharge for pregnancy; knife and fork school; working with 2 or 3 other women; hospital on base; belief that all U. S. citizens should serve; people in military turning to alcohol for the loneliness; could drink on base underaged. Text: 34 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2336, CD 2251, CD 2252.
3232 Barbara Hammett, interviewed by Kristen Frey, November 14, 2001, unknown location. Hammett talks about her experience as an Air Force military working dog handler at Loring Air Force Base in Maine from 1979- 1989; father’s military background; perception of Vietnam; basic training in Lackland, Texas; experience as the only female dog handler at Loring; treatment by male colleagues; view on military policy and gender; perceptions of women in the military. Text: 10 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2337 30 minutes.
3233 Brenda Jordan, interviewed by Sarah Brasslett, November 10, 2001, at her home in Maine. Jordan talks about her experience at West Point 1983- 1987 and her family and community’s reaction; her experience as a communications officer in the Army 1987- 1992; her pregnancy during the Persian Gulf War; marriage and children; Jumpmaster School; the reaction of the media and the Fort Bragg community to the Persian Gulf War; a typical day at Fort Bragg; communications equipment; duty and patriotism; leadership skills; view of military politics and policies; place of women at West Point and in the military; gender discrimination and justice at West Point and in the military; experience in the Maine National Guard, ROTC, and Air National Guard in the late 1990s; diversity and friendship in the military; growing up in Bristol, CT; leisure activity; the relationship between men and women in the military; female relationships and lesbians in the military; her experience as a woman in the military and the view of society; women in combat; military promotional policies; ROTC summer camp. Text: 48 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2338, C 2339 1 hour 30 minutes.
3234 Deborah A. Lee, interviewed by Kristin Taylor, November 8, 2001. Lee, a member of the Air National Guard and was born in Boston in 1957, talks about joining the National Guard and her family’s reaction; job of in-flight refueling of jets; experiences with basic training and specialty training; time in survival school; equality between men and women in the Air National Guard; quality of officers in the Guard; pros and cons of being in the Air National Guard; experiences overseas; how service changes attitude toward military and the government; life after service and keeping in touch with people afterward; what she wants to share with citizens about her experiences with the service. Text: 28 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2340, C 2341.
3235 Cheryl L. Martin, interviewed by Kim Sealy, November 15, 2001. Martin talks about personal and parent’s educational background; decision to join Air Force instead of go to college; military history; “MAINEiacs”; federal versus state military service; time in basic training; benefits; logistics and shipping duties; year off with Fortune 500 company; CCAF; time as boom operator (air refueling); time in Kosovo; war effect on family; Shaw Air Force Base; rank and gender issues; air versus ground combat; experience in “gender free” military culture; officer versus enlisted rankings. Text: 44 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2342, CD 2301, CD 2302.
3236 Beth Parks, interviewed by Robin Arnold, November 8, 2001. Recording: C 2343.
3237 Staff Sergeant Lisa Powell, interviewed by Jessica Mayhan, November 5, 2001, in Powell’s home in Hermon, Maine. Powell, born in McAdam, New Brunswick in 1968, talks about joining the Navy after high school; her experiences with basic training; moving on to tech school to learn her job; what Powell had to do at her job as a radioman; her time stationed in Saudi Arabia; treatment of foreign women in Saudi Arabia; how she spent her time overseas; Navy paid for her housing while overseas. Text: 7 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2344.
3238 Ursula Pritham, interviewed by Hillary Jackson, November 5, 2001. Pritham, who was born in New York City in 1955, talks about her background (Swiss); serving in the Army Nurse Core; serving stateside, in Germany, and in Korea; initial training; Vietnam; Gulf War; husband; typical day; toll on family; public support; funny moments; husband’s experiences in the military; his views of the military; travel; male/female relationships in the military; relationships among the women; harassment; her thoughts about the military. Text: 24 pp. transcript. Recordings: C 2345, C 2346.
3239 Fran Mitchell Robinson, interviewed by Carol Toner and Mazie Hough. Recording: C 2347.
3240 Yvonne Roland, interviewed by Hillary Jackson, November 26, 2001. Roland, who was born in Alabama, talks about the days when she was in the Air Force: being stationed in Turkey, Andrews Air Force Basin Maryland, and been to Colorado, Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, South Carolina, and Pease Air Force in new Hampshire; her start as a commissioned officer; Gulf War; benefits of military training; politics; changes she saw; funny moments; Egypt; travel; competitiveness in the military; feelings about the military; women in combat. Text: 13 pp. transcript. Recordings: C 2348, CD 2250.
3241 Robyn Smith, by Sharon T Callnan, November 19, 2001. Recording: C 2349, C 2350.
3242 Phyllis Sprague, interviewed by Kristen Frey on November 14, 2001. Sprague was born in Newbury, Vermont in 1943. Sprague talks about joining the Army in 1961; a typical day in basic training and then working for the Army; experience as a medical officer in the Army; Sprague’s attitude toward the military and government becoming more patriotic after her service; way soldiers were welcomed home after Vietnam compared to the Gulf War; relationship between men and women in the military in the 60s; having to leave the military for pregnancy; absence of sexual harassment in the Army. Text: 10 pp. transcript. Recordings: C 2351, CD 2368.
3243 Marion Townsend, interviewed by by Phyllis von Herrlich, January 6, 2002. Townsend talks about joining the service in 1942; twenty-eight when she joined the Navy; Hunter College for boot camp training; lived in dorms; went to store keeper school; ordered supplies; was in for two years; trained with just women; didn’t get trained to shoot a gun; it was either get out or go to Japan; naval reserve for two years; type a certain WPM to pass store keeper school; went to Gates Business College; went to the University of Maine for a year then to Farmington; teaching for thirty-seven years; wants women to join the military; her rank was third class store keeper. Text: 35 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2352.
3244 Sergeant First Class Deborah Owens, interviewed by Jessica Mahan, October 30, 2001, in Owens’ home in Newport, Maine. Owens, born in Clemens, Georgia in 1966, talks about joining the army when she was 18; experience driving trucks in the Army; difference between training for men and women in the army in 1985; tasks as an army recruiter; experiences while stationed in Saudi Arabia; family support of her going overseas; equality of genders in military squads; plans to remain in the army until retirement; experiences in all the places she was stationed. Also included Xerox copies of photographs; 2 page journal. Text: 23 pp. transcript, 2 pp. journal. Recordings: C 2353, C 2354 / CD 2367. Photos: P 9141 – P 9147.
3245 Frances Auclair, interviewed by Kim Sealy and Sarah Lawler, November 29, 2001. Auclair talks about running away to join the army after hearing stories about other’s experiences in it; her parents’ experiences in the Army, followed by Auclair joining the Navy; basic training followed by her first military job; being a hospital corpsman for the Navy; inequalities between gender in the 1970s; a typical day in the military as a woman; her time working in a hospital in MA; her opinion on jobs and work policies; community support for military personal; how leisure time was spent in the hospital and how it is spent now; funny memories from in the military; worst part of working for the military; relationship between men and women in the military; treatment of women in the military in the 70s compared to now; having a medical role in the military versus being in combat. Text: 38 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2355 – C 2357, CD 2355 – 2357, CD 2357A 1 hour 34 minutes.
3246 Boni Newsom, interviewed by Carol Toner and Mazie Hough. Recording: C 2358, C 2359, CD 1072, CD 1073.
3247 Joan Strayer, interviewed by Shavonne Brosnan, May 8, 2003. Recording: microcassette C 2360 (missing).
3248 Petty Officer Lee Oliver, interviewed by Shavonne Brosnan, June 1, 2003. Recording: microcassette, C 2361 (missing).
3249 Brenda Gagner, interviewed by Rebecca Bode, April 29, 2003. Recording: CD 2362.
3250 Angel Tyler, interviewed by Miranda Coombs, May 5, 2003. Text: 23 pp. transcript. Recordings: C 2363, CD 2463.
3251 Olive Benton, interviewed by Miranda Coombs, May 2, 2003, in Benton’s home in Bangor, Maine. Benton was born in Etna, Maine. Topics covered include Benton’s experiences in the Army during the Korean War; basic training; segregation of men and women in the military bases; being in Tokyo during the Korean War; treatment of lesbians; homosexuality unacceptable in the military; Benton’s relationships within the military; her marriage and death of her husband; treatment of soldiers in foreign countries; Benton’s willingness to rejoin the military. Text: 27 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2364 41 minutes.
3252 Captain Jennifer Curtis Fowler, interviewed by Davida Kellogg, January 31, 2003, in Fowler’s home in Colonial Heights, VA. Fowler talks about completing her Officer Ordinance Basic Course in Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD; cadet training at Fort Bragg; eventually becoming an ammunitions officer; being an Army Ordnance Officer (her current position). Text: 44 pp. transcript. Recording: C 2365.
3253 Colonel Judy-Ann Carroll, interviewed by Davida Kellogg, August 20, 2002, in Ms. Kellogg’s home in Orono, Maine. Carroll talks about her service in the United States Army through the College Junior Program; her training conducted at Fort McClellan, AL; being stationed later in Darmstadt, Germany; serving as a training officer the the Women’s Army Corps and as a Military Police Officer. Text, 2 copies, 35 pp. and 32 pp. transcripts. Recording: C 2366, C 2367, CD 2552.