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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

REVA INGRAM FORTUNE PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Reva Pauline Ingram Fortune (b. 1917) of Greensboro, North Carolina, served with the Army Air Force while in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) from 1943 to 1948 and with the Women in the Air Force (WAF) from 1948 to 1952. She then spent twenty-five years as a Social Security Administration employee in High Point, NC.


BIOGRAPHY

Reva Pauline Ingram Fortune was born on 6 April, 1917 in Colfax, Illinois, and raised on a farm outside of Greensboro, North Carolina. She was one of six children; two of her sisters also served in the military during World War II. After graduating from Greensboro High School in 1933, Fortune worked as a secretary at Pomona Terra-Cotta Company.

Fortune enlisted in the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) in the spring of 1943 and attended basic training at Daytona Beach, Florida. She was then assigned to Buckingham Army Air Field at Fort Myers, Florida, where she served as company clerk and first sergeant of a WAC squadron. Fortune was stationed there until the air field closed in 1945. She was then transferred to Turner Field in Albany, Georgia, for six months. From there she was sent to Goodfellow Field in San Angelo, Texas. Three months later Fortune was assigned to Randolph Field in San Antonio, where she remained for several years. While at Randolph Field, Fortune attended night classes at Trinity College and met her future husband, Roy Fortune, a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division. In 1948, the air force separated from the army, and Fortune re-enlisted for another four years with the WAF.

In 1952, when her enlistment was up, Fortune was stationed in Fort Myer, Virginia. She then married Roy Fortune and left the Air Force. When Roy Fortune was stationed overseas in 1953 and 1954, Reva Fortune returned to Greensboro and moved in with her parents. She enrolled in classes at Woman’s College (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro) on the GI Bill and graduated in 1958 with a degree in biology and a minor in Spanish. The following year she went to work for the Social Security Administration in High Point, North Carolina, where she remained for twenty-five years, until her retirement in 1984.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
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Reva Ingram Fortune sitting at typewriter, circa 1948
Item # WV0034.6.004
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
WACs assisting paratroopers, circa 1945
Item # WV0034.6.005
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
Control Tower Operator at Ft. Myers, circa 1944
Item # WV0034.6.012
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
Three WACs exit Douglass C-54 Skymaster, circa 1944
Item # WV0034.6.016
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
Reva and Laura Ingram, circa 1945
Item # WV0034.6.001
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
Portrait of Reva Ingram Fortune, circa 1948
Item # WV0034.6.002
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
WAAC Retreat Formation, 1943
Item # WV0034.6.003
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
WAC and male soldiers around radio, circa 1944
Item # wv0034.6.018
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
WAC Squadron, 1947
Item # WV0034.6.011
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
WAC clothing and personal items in barracks, 1945
Item # WV0034.6.013
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
WAC quarters at Ft. Myers, 1945
Item # WV0034.6.014
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
WAC foot locker arrangement at Ft. Myers, Florida, 1945
Item # WV0034.6.015
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
Recruiting parade in Ft. Myers, Florida, 1943
Item # WV0034.6.008
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
WACs march in President Roosevelt Memorial Parade, 1945
Item # WV0034.6.009
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
WASP Jacqueline Cochran visits Ft. Myers, 1944
Item # WV0034.6.010
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
Women's Army Corps khaki hobby hat, circa 1943
Item # WV0034.8.001
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
Women's Army Corps khaki uniform, 1944
Item # WV0034.8.002
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
WAC in Motor Pool Office, Fort Myers, Florida
Item # WV0034.6.017
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
WACs by a jeep, circa 1945
Item # WV0034.6.007
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
Customs and Manners, August, 1945
Item # WV0034.2.001
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
Oral history interview with Reva Ingram Fortune, 1999
Item # WV0034.5.001
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
WACs dining in the mess hall, circa 1945
Item # WV0034.6.006
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
First Sergeant Reva P. Ingram, 344th WAC Post headquarters Squadron
Item # WV0034.6.024
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
Group of WASP and B-17 Bomber
Item # WV0034.6.025
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
WAC at desk at Fort Myers, Florida
Item # WV0034.6.020
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
WAC with Christmas tree, Fort Myers, Florida
Item # WV0034.6.019
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
WACs in group shot, Fort Myers, Florida
Item # WV0034.6.021
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
WAFs in Office
Item # WV0034.6.022
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
WAC Mail Orderly, Fort Myers, Flordia
Item # WV0034.6.023
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers
WACS stand at attention, Fort Myers Fl., AAF Flexible Gunnery School, August 1943
Item # WV0034.6.003
From the Reva Ingram Fortune Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Correspondence and Scrapbook Pages, 1943, n.d.; "Former Female Flier recalls WASP days," Greensboro News and Record, 16 Dec. 1991; "GI Bill Made College Education Possible for WWII Veteran," Campus Weekly [University of North Carolina at Greensboro], 13 June 2001; "Home Again: Women's Air Force leader returns to base after 45 years, Greensboro News and Record, 10 Sept. 1997; "Sky-high experience: Air Force veteran enjoys thrilling return," High Point Enterprise, 5 Sept. 1997.