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  • Veteran's biography: Illinois
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    • Oral History interview with Paula G. Flores

    • 2016-09-26
    • Primarily documents the life of Paula Benway Flores, and her service with the United States Air Force.

      Flores recalls the physical and mental exertion of basic training, and having to learn to count on her fellow airmen for support during...
    • WV0625 Paula G. Flores Papers
    • Oral History interview with Shelley Witzke Kirk

    • 2016-02-07
    • Primarily documents the life of Shelley Witzke Kirk and her service with the United States Navy.
      Kirk recalls surviving six weeks of ""initiation"" after her promotion to Chief Petty Officer, the satisfaction she felt when she was finally pinned...
    • WV0604 Shelley Witzke Kirk Oral History
    • Oral History interview with Janice Butler Ryckeley, 2015

    • 7/26/2015
    • Primarily documents the life of Janice Butler Ryckeley and her service with the United States Air Force Nurse Corps.

      Ryckeley recalls the expanded nursing education she received through providing health care to people in various countries,...
    • WV0589 Janice Butler Ryckeley Collection
    • Oral History interview with Linda Caulder Smith, 2015

    • 2015-03-11
    • Primarily documents the life of Linda Caulder Smith and her service with the United States Air Force.

      Smith recalls her childhood in North Carolina, helping out on her grandfather's farm, and her desire to get away and do something bigger...
    • WV0578 Linda Caulder Smith Papers
    • Oral history interview with Amber Mathwig, 2014

    • 2014
    • Primarily documents the life of Amber Murray Mathwig and her service with the United States Navy.

      Mathwig recalls the influence that the September 11, 2001 attacks had on her decision to join the military, the different attitudes and...
    • WV0568 Amber Murray Mathwig Papers
    • Oral history interview with Cindi Basenspiler, 2014

    • 2014-06-13
    • Primarily documents the life of E. Cindi Basenspiler and her service with the United States Reserve Officer Training Corps and the United States Army. Basenspiler recalls her brief childhood in Russia, and the experience of moving to the United...
    • WV0566 E. Cindi Basenspiler Oral History
    • Oral history interview with Doris Mesina Ehlenfeldt, 2013

    • 2013-11-02
    • Primarily documents the early life of Doris Messina Ehlenfeldt and her service in the United States Navy.

      Ehlenfeldt recounts growing up in West Haven, Connecticut with her parents and three brothers, her decision to leave home and join the...
    • WV0554 Doris Messina Ehlenfeldt Oral History
    • Oral history interview with Portia R. McCracken, 2013

    • 2013-09-20
    • Primarily documents the adolescence of Portia R. McCracken, and her service with the United States Air Force. McCracken discusses her pragmatic attitude towards joining the U.S. Air Force, the gratification she felt upon completing basic training,...
    • WV0552 Portia R. McCracken Papers
    • Oral history interview with Gail Adams, 2008

    • 2008-10-30
    • Documents Gail Adams' early life; her lengthy service in the United States Air Force between the years 1970-1993; and her life after receiving an honorable discharge.

      Adams recalls her early life and her mother's remarriage to an air force...
    • WV0434 Gail Adams Oral History
    • [Betty Etten Wiker at train station, 1943]

    • 1943-04
    • Betty Etten Wiker walk outside of Union Station in Washington, D.C., where she is about to board a train for Officer Candidate School in April 1943. Wiker is wearing a Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) wool overcoat and cap and utility bag and...
    • WV0428 Betty Etten Wiker Papers
    • [Betty  Etten Wiker and friend at Ladd Field, Alaska, circa 1945]

    • 1945
    • Betty Etten Wiker poses with a fellow WAC on the steps to a building at Ladd Field in Fairbanks, Alaska. Wiker (standing) is wearing a Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) officer's field overcoat and outer cover trousers. Wiker's friend is holding...
    • WV0428 Betty Etten Wiker Papers
    • [Betty Wiker by military vehicle at Camp Simms, 1943]

    • 1943-03-15
    • Betty Etten Wiker stands beside an army jeep in her Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) driver's uniform at Camp Simms [a.k.a Oxon Run Parkway], Washington D.C., on 15 March 1943. The vehicle is either a Willys MB or Ford GPW. A note on the back...
    • WV0428 Betty Etten Wiker Papers
    • [Betty Etten Wiker in recruiting office, circa 1949]

    • 1949
    • Photo of Betty Etten Wiker seated at her desk in a recruiting office at 39 Whitehall Street, New York City, circa 1949. Wiker is wearing a Women's Army Corps (WAC) winter service uniform with captain's rank insignia, United States Army Air Forces...
    • WV0428 Betty Etten Wiker Papers
    • [Women in the Air Force at Fort Slocum, New York, 1949]

    • 1949-08-09
    • A group of nine U.S. Air Force personnel, including eight women, pose on ship off the coast of New Rochelle, New York, during a visit to Headquarters 1st Air Force at Fort Slocum, New York. The women wear variations of the service uniform. Pictured...
    • WV0428 Betty Etten Wiker Papers
    • [WAC cadre at Hill Field, Utah, 1944]

    • 1944-12-14
    • Women's Army Corps (WAC) cadre of the 4135th Army Air Force base unit pose for a Christmas photograph in front of their orderly room at Hill Field in Ogden, Utah, on 14 December 1944. The eight WACs are wearing service wool overcoats with garrison...
    • WV0428 Betty Etten Wiker Papers
    • [WACs board airplane, 1945]

    • 1945-04
    • Women's Army Corps (WAC) members prepare to board an airplane outside at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, or Ladd Field, Alaska, in April of 1945. They are carrying suitcases and appear to be preparing to travel to a new duty assignment. All the...
    • WV0428 Betty Etten Wiker Papers
    • [WACs sing in chapel, 1944]

    • 1944-06-04
    • Members of the Women's Army Corps (WAC) at Hill Field, Utah, sing in the chapel choir on 4 June 1944. Betty Etten Wiker (right of post) is wearing the officer's service uniform and cap, while others wear an assortment of cold and wet weather WAC...
    • WV0428 Betty Etten Wiker Papers
    • [WAC squadron in formation, 1944]

    • 1947-05-19
    • Women's Army Corps (WAC) squadron stands in formation prior to a parade on Long Island, New York, on 19 May 1947. The women are all in winter service dress uniform with garrison caps. This squadron is commanded by Betty Etten Wiker.
    • WV0428 Betty Etten Wiker Papers

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