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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

ANDREE FIFIELD PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Andrée B. Fifield (1921-2011) was a secretary for the Office of Naval Intelligence and Joint Chiefs of Staff as a member of the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) from 1943 to 1945.


BIOGRAPHY

Andrée B. Wetzler Fifield was born in New York City and raised in Michigan, France, and New York with adoptive parents. She attended Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, but graduated from a high school in Sayville, Long Island, in 1940. She went on to attend Bryant College, a two-year business school in Providence, Rhode Island, where she met her future husband. After graduation, Fifield moved to York, Pennsylvania, with her foster family and worked as a secretary at York Safe and Lock Company. She later moved with them to Chicago and worked for the government at the Salary Stabilization Unit.

On 13 March 1943, Fifield enlisted in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). She was in one of the first classes assigned to basic training at Cedar Falls, Iowa. After basic, she was sent to Washington, D.C., where she briefly worked in the National Archives (NARA) while waiting for security clearance to become a secretary in the Office of Naval Intelligence. Fifield went on to work for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon Building and briefly for the Office of the President. She was discharged from the WAVES in October 1945.

Andrée Fifield married Donald Fifield in 1945. After the war they lived in Chicago while he attended school and then worked for Campbell Soup Company. They moved to Boston in 1948 and then to Albany, New York in 1955. Three years later the Fifields moved to Syracuse, New York, where they remained for twenty-two years. During this time Fifield worked as a decorator for Sears Roebuck and gave birth to two children. The Fifields went on to live in New Hampshire and Pinehurst, North Carolina. She died on 18 May, 2011.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Andree Fifield in uniform, circa 1944
Item # WV0070.6.001
From the Andree Fifield Papers
Wedding photo of Andree and Donald Fifield, 1945
Item # WV0070.6.002
From the Andree Fifield Papers
WAVES at wedding reception, 1945
Item # WV0070.6.003
From the Andree Fifield Papers
Andree Fifield with her ONI bosses at her wedding, 1945
Item # WV0070.6.004
From the Andree Fifield Papers
Oral history interview with Andree Fifield, 1999
Item # WV0070.5.001
From the Andree Fifield Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Military Papers, 1943-1945.