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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

JULIA HILL GUNN PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Julia Hill Gunn of Lexington, North Carolina, was an aerographer's mate in the U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) from 1945 to 1947.


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BIOGRAPHY

Julia H. Gunn was born in Lexington, North Carolina, and graduated from the high school department at Montreat College in Montreat, North Carolina. In 1941 she enrolled at the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro) and graduated in 1945 with a degree in chemistry.

Gunn joined the WAVES in June 1945 and reported to Hunter College in New York for basic training. She attended the weather school at Lakehurst, New Jersey, from September to December 1945, training as an aerographer’s mate and monitoring weather patterns. In early 1946 she was transferred to Navy Weather Central and worked in the Civilian Weather Bureau Building in Washington, D.C. Gunn was discharged in the summer of 1947.

After the war, Gunn did analytical chemistry work in the agronomy lab at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1948 she married Larry Gunn. Throughout the 1950s she worked primarily in tax preparation, managing several H&R Block branches in the Greensboro area.


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Julia Hill Gunn saluting, 1945
Item # WV0060.6.002
From the Julia Hill Gunn Papers
Julia Hill Gunn at Naval Training School gate, 1945
Item # WV0060.6.003
From the Julia Hill Gunn Papers
Portrait of Julia Hill Gunn, 1945
Item # WV0060.6.005
From the Julia Hill Gunn Papers
Julia Hill Gunn with flag, 1945
Item # WV0060.6.004
From the Julia Hill Gunn Papers
Oral history interview with Julia Hill Gunn, 1999
Item # WV0060.5.001
From the Julia Hill Gunn Papers
Julia Hill Gunn with friends, 1945
Item # WV0060.6.001
From the Julia Hill Gunn Papers