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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

LAURA AVIS GIBSON PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Laura Avis Gibson (b. 1923) of Randolph County, North Carolina, served in the Coast Guard SPARs from 1944 to 1946 and was a career employee of Burlington Industries.


BIOGRAPHY

Laura Avis Gibson was born in Randolph County, North Carolina, on 10 December 1923, one of nine children. She worked on the family farm while growing up and graduated from Allen Jay High School in High Point at the age of sixteen. Gibson worked on the family farm for a year, then worked at Burlington Industries for three years, until she was old enough to join the military.

Gibson and one of her older sisters joined the Coast Guard in Raleigh in December 1943. The following month they reported for basic training together in Palm Beach, Florida. In April 1944, she was sent to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., to do clerical work in the Military Morale Division. Gibson also worked briefly in Admiral Russell Waesche’s office in the Department of the Navy during this time. She remained in Washington until her discharge in March 1946.

Gibson returned to North Carolina after the war, attended Jones Business College, and resumed her career at Burlington Industries.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Portrait of Laura Avis Gibson, 1944
Item # WV0327.6.001
From the Laura Avis Gibson Papers
Portrait of Laura Avis Gibson, 1945
Item # WV0327.6.002
From the Laura Avis Gibson Papers
Portrait of Laura Avis Gibson, 1944
Item # WV0327.6.003
From the Laura Avis Gibson Papers
Portrait of Mary Gibson Rowan, circa 1945
Item # WV0327.6.006
From the Laura Avis Gibson Papers
Laura Avis Gibson at Fourth of July ceremony, 2005
Item # WV0327.6.007
From the Laura Avis Gibson Papers
Oral history interview with Laura Gibson, 2005
Item # WV0327.5.001
From the Laura Avis Gibson Papers
Three SPARs pose against backdrop, 1945
Item # WV0327.6.004
From the Laura Avis Gibson Papers
Four SPARs on a street in Washington, D.C., 1945
Item # WV0327.6.005
From the Laura Avis Gibson Papers