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Violet Hill Gordon, Chicago, IL [1942]

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: WAC (Women's Army Corps)
  • Service Unit/Ship: 32nd Company; 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion
  • Location of Service: European Theater
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/146

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"...really formed my political and social point of view…"

In summarizing her life experiences, Gordon makes a moving statement about how the Army pushed her in a positive direction. She feels that her experiences in the WAC changed her from a shy, introspective person into a leader. She speaks glowingly of the present day numbers of women of all colors, races, and ranks in active military service.

Violet Hill Gordon Collection
Interview / Recording

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About this Item

Title

  • Violet Hill Gordon Collection

Names

  • Gordon, Violet Hill
  • Kent, Judith J.
  • Flagler County Public Library

Home State

  • Florida

Headings

  • -  Gordon, Violet Hill
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army. Women's Army Corps.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Female

Race

  • Black or African American

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: WAC (Women's Army Corps)
    • Service Unit/Ship: 32nd Company; 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion
    • Location of Service: European Theater
    • Highest Rank: Captain
    • Dates of Service: 1942-1946
    • Entrance into Service: Commissioned
    • Military Status: veteran
    • Service History Note: The veteran was 2nd Commanding Officer in the 32nd Company (a racially segregated company). She had enlisted in the WAAC (Women's Army Auxilliary Corps). The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion was the only all African-American female unit to serve overseas in World War II.

Materials

  • Audio: CD [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 2002-03-25; 2002-03-25)
  • Computer File: Floppy Disk [1 item] -- Electronic file of manuscript (collected 2002-2003; 2003-05-01)
  • Computer File: CD [1 item] -- Multiple types of electronic files (collected 2002-03-25; 2002-04-14)
  • Computer File: Floppy Disk [1 item] -- Electronic file of manuscript (collected 2002-2003; 2002-04-15)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 2003)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 2002-03-28)
  • Audio: Audio Cassette [2 items] -- Reference copy (collected 2002-01-01; 2002-01-01)
  • Photograph: Copy photographic print [4 items] -- Photographs (collected 1942)
  • Audio: Audio Cassette [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2002-03-25)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/146

Cite as

  • Violet Hill Gordon Collection (AFC/2001/001/146), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio
  • image
  • online text

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

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Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Gordon, Violet Hill, Judith J Kent, and Flagler County Public Library. Violet Hill Gordon Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.00146/.

APA citation style:

Gordon, V. H., Kent, J. J. & Flagler County Public Library. (1942) Violet Hill Gordon Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.00146/.

MLA citation style:

Gordon, Violet Hill, Judith J Kent, and Flagler County Public Library. Violet Hill Gordon Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.00146/>.