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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

MARGARET GREENE PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Margaret “Peg” Greene (1917-2002), of Greenville, South Carolina, a member of the physical education faculty at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) from 1946 to 1979, served in Europe during World War II as a member of the Red Cross.


BIOGRAPHY

Margaret “Peg” Greene was born in Greenville, South Carolina, on 6 August 1917 and graduated from Parker High School in 1935. She then studied physical education at the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina (now UNCG) until 1939. She transferred to Appalachian State Teachers’ College in Boone, North Carolina, and graduated in 1940. Greene’s first job was as director of recreation in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she helped organize activities for soldiers at nearby Fort Bragg.

In August 1942, Greene joined the Red Cross. In the middle of training in Washington, D.C., Greene was sent overseas on a troop transport ship. She spent a short time in London before being assigned to the Red Cross club in Bristol, England, for six months and later Norwich, England, for another eighteen months. In Norwich, she was the program director and then the assistant director. After D-Day in June 1944, Greene went to France as director of a club in Cherbourg. She was then director of an officers’ club in Luxembourg for two months in early 1945 before going to Viviez, Belgium, as director of another club. Greene returned home in August 1945 and was assigned to Fort Meade, Maryland, where she trained Red Cross workers.

In 1946 Greene left the Red Cross and returned to the Woman’s College as a faculty member. She taught physical education until retiring in 1979. Peg Greene died on 28 September 2002.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
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Margaret Greene, circa 1944
Item # WV0099.6.001
From the Margaret Greene Papers
Margaret Greene in front of tents, circa 1944
Item # WV0099.6.002
From the Margaret Greene Papers
Red Cross cottage in Norwich, England, circa 1943
Item # WV0099.6.003
From the Margaret Greene Papers
Red Cross workers serving airmen, 1944
Item # WV0099.6.004
From the Margaret Greene Papers
Margaret Greene and airman in Norwich Cathedral, 1944
Item # WV0099.6.005
From the Margaret Greene Papers
Bishop's Palace in Norwich, England, circa 1943
Item # WV0099.6.006
From the Margaret Greene Papers
Margaret Greene with friend, 1944
Item # WV0099.6.007
From the Margaret Greene Papers
Red Cross workers serve airmen at picnic, 1944
Item # WV0099.6.008
From the Margaret Greene Papers
Oral history interview with Margaret Greene, 1999
Item # WV0099.5.001
From the Margaret Greene Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Poem, Walter Mathau to Helen Paulsen, 1944