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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

BETTY PEGG HEMPHILL PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Betty Hemphill (1932-2008) of Guilford County, North Carolina, served in the Women’s Air Force from 1949 to 1951 and then with the U.S. Postal Service from 1967 to 1992.


BIOGRAPHY

Betty Hemphill was born in High Point, North Carolina, in February 1932. She was raised on a farm in nearby Colfax.

Hemphill enlisted in the Women’s Air Force in August 1949 and was sent to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, for basic training. She was then stationed at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado, from October 1949 to March 1950, where she attended supply school. She was transferred to Ellington Air Force Base in Houston, Texas, where she worked in base supply and played on the softball team. Hemphill was then assigned to Keesler in Biloxi, Mississippi, for eight months, where she worked as squadron supply officer. In June 1951 she transferred to Fayetteville, North Carolina, and worked a recruiter. While there, she met Ralph Hemphill, and they were married in December 1951. She was discharged in June 1952 when she became pregnant.

The Hemphills moved to Greensboro in 1955 and raised three sons. In 1967 Betty Hemphill went to work for the post office, and in 1974 she was appointed postmaster. Hemphill retired from the USPS in 1992 and passed away on 7 August 2008.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Portrait of Betty Pegg Hemphill, 1951
Item # WV0235.6.001
From the Betty Pegg Hemphill Papers
Portrait of Betty Pegg Hemphill, circa 1951
Item # WV0235.6.004
From the Betty Pegg Hemphill Papers
WAF unit on parade, circa 1951
Item # WV0235.6.002
From the Betty Pegg Hemphill Papers
Betty Pegg Hemphill on railing at Keesler AFB, circa 1951
Item # WV0235.6.003
From the Betty Pegg Hemphill Papers
Betty Pegg Hemphill beside sign at Keesler AFB, circa 1950
Item # WV0235.6.005
From the Betty Pegg Hemphill Papers
WAF softball team, 1950
Item # WV0235.6.006
From the Betty Pegg Hemphill Papers
Oral history interview with Betty Pegg Hemphill, 2002
Item # WV0235.5.001
From the Betty Pegg Hemphill Papers