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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

KATHERINE FAYE GILES PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

K. Faye Kane Giles (1918-2010) of Donora, Pennsylvania, served in the Women Marines from 1943 to 1945.


BIOGRAPHY

Katherine Faye Kane Giles was born in Donora, Pennsylvania, in January of 1918. She graduated from Donora High School in 1934 and completed a two year program at a business college. Giles was subsequently employed as a secretary in the Washington County school system and then worked as the chief clerk at American Steel and Wire Company.

Giles enlisted in the Women Marines in March 1943 and was sent to Hunter College in New York for boot camp. In June 1943, she received an assignment for the recruiting station in Nashville, Tennessee. After six months primarily processing applications from male recruits, Giles was recommended for and completed First Sergeant School at Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1944. She was then sent to Marine Air Corps Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, in April of 1944 for assignment and received orders to Marine Corps Air Station Edenton, North Carolina. There she was placed in charge of a women’s squadron. In February 1945, the base was absorbed by Cherry Point, where she worked in the adjutant department of the post exchange. On July 12, 1945, she married a fellow Marine, Roscoe Giles. She was discharged from the Marines in October 1945, but remained on base as a civilian secretary for the commanding general.

Following WWII, Giles moved with her husband to Fort Fairfield, Maine, and when he was recalled to active duty during the Koren War, they moved to Massachusetts. The couple later lived in Pennsylvania for two years and in New York, where Giles worked as a secretary in two elementary schools. When her family moved to Michigan two years later, she worked as a bookkeeper, legal secretary, and a director of a community foundation. They later lived in Holland for twenty years. In 1983, Giles and her husband retired to North Carolina. Giles died in Salisbury, North Carolina in 2010.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Portrait of Faye Kane Giles, 1944
Item # WV0215.6.001
From the Katherine Faye Giles Papers
First Sergeant's School class, 1944
Item # WV0215.6.002
From the Katherine Faye Giles Papers
Women Marines of U.S.M.C. Air Station Edenton, 1944
Item # WV0215.6.003
From the Katherine Faye Giles Papers
Oral history interview with K. Faye Kane Giles, 2001
Item # Wv0215.5.001
From the Katherine Faye Giles Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
"Bound for Boot Camp: a 'Goon Squad' of Marine Rookies Marches Through Manhattan," National Geographic, October 1943; Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point booklet, ca. 1944