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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

ANNE E. HEYER PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Anne Elisabeth Heyer (b. 1918) of Denver, Colorado, was a photographic repair technician in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) and the Women's Army Corps (WAC) during World War II.


COLLECTION SUMMARY

Correspondence, military material, photographs, military insignia, and other artifacts document Anne Elisabeth "Betty" Heyer's service in the WAAC and WAC between 1942 and 1945. Lengthy letters to family members describe her training in the United States and her subsequent service in the Pacific Theater as a photography repair technician. Overseas letters document her observations of New Guinea, the Philippines, and Corregidor. Printed military material reflects Heyer's professional interest in photography and the collection contains publications specifically regarding military photography. Heyer's diplomas are included in her personal papers. More than 500 photographs, largley unidentified, document recreation and work-related activities in the military. Aerial photographs show the destruction in New Guinea and the Philippines and also contain pictures of native villages. Scrapbook material consists primarily of unidentified photographs. Printed material includes newspapers that Heyer saved, such as the The Denver Post from 7 December 1941. Other publications, such as The Shutter and The Mad Mapper, relate to military photography. Other publications, including WAC and Wings, document the WAC experience. An army songbook and a WAAC songbook are also included.

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BIOGRAPHY

Anne Elisabeth Betty Heyer was born in Denver, Colorado on 7 October 1918, and grew up in Los Angeles, California, where she graduated from Hollywood High School in 1936. Heyer had an older brother, Vernon, and a younger sister, Harriette. Before joining the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in November of 1942, Heyer worked at Sears Roebuck.

Heyer served as a sergeant in the WAAC and Women's Army Corps (WAC) until she was discharged in November 1945. She attended basic training at Daytona Beach, and also trained at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, and Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. In addition, Heyer graduated from Photography School at Lowry Field in Colorado in 1943, where she trained to be a photographic repair technician. In late 1943 or early 1944, she was sent to MacDill Air Base in Tampa, Florida, as a member of the 3rd Photographic Mapping squadron. Heyer served for roughly one year, beginning in November 1944, in New Guinea and the Philippines. During this time she received several decorations, including the Good Conduct Medal, the Women's Army Corps Service Medal, the Asian Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation.

After her discharge in 1945 Heyer attended North Hollywood Night School, Sawyer's Business School, Pasadena City College, and Marymount College. Heyer had a variety of jobs after leaving the army, including working as an editor and manager of technical publications at Garrett Air Turbine from 1967 to 1983.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
WACs review photos and map, 1944
Item # WV0320.6.009
From the Anne E. Heyer Papers
Anne Heyer, circa 1943
Item # WV0320.6.004
From the Anne E. Heyer Papers
Anne Heyer in winter flight suit, circa 1943
Item # WV0320.6.008
From the Anne E. Heyer Papers
Class of WACs at MacDill Airfield, Florida, circa 1943
Item # WV0320.6.010
From the Anne E. Heyer Papers
WACs in formation, circa 1943
Item # WV0320.6.015
From the Anne E. Heyer Papers
WACs in formation, circa 1943
Item # WV0320.6.016
From the Anne E. Heyer Papers
WACs in jeep, circa 1943
Item # WV0320.6.017
From the Anne E. Heyer Papers
WAC barracks, circa 1943
Item # WV0320.6.018
From the Anne E. Heyer Papers
Anne Heyer and WACs, circa 1944
Item # WV0320.6.007
From the Anne E. Heyer Papers
WAC softball team at MacDill Airfield, Florida, circa 1943
Item # WV0320.6.011
From the Anne E. Heyer Papers
WACs under tree, circa 1943
Item # WV0320.6.012
From the Anne E. Heyer Papers
WACs at train station, circa 1943
Item # WV0320.6.005
From the Anne E. Heyer Papers
Anne Heyer with camera in trick photo, circa 1943
Item # WV0320.6.006
From the Anne E. Heyer Papers
WAC taking a photo, circa 1943
Item # WV0320.6.019
From the Anne E. Heyer Papers
WACs outside photo laboratory, 1943
Item # WV0320.6.020
From the Anne E. Heyer Papers
Three WACs prepare for gas mask drill, 1943
Item # WV0320.6.021
From the Anne E. Heyer Papers
WACs at gas mask drill on Daytona Beach, circa 1943
Item # WV0320.6.022
From the Anne E. Heyer Papers
Clarendon Hotel, Daytona Beach, Florida, circa 1943
Item # WV0320.6.023
From the Anne E. Heyer Papers
Two WACs at MacDill Airfield, Florida, circa 1943
Item # WV0320.6.013
From the Anne E. Heyer Papers
Three WACs under a tree, circa 1943
Item # WV0320.6.014
From the Anne E. Heyer Papers
WAC in gas mask, 1943
Item # WV0320.6.001
From the Anne E. Heyer Papers
WAC in gas mask, 1943
Item # WV0320.6.002
From the Anne E. Heyer Papers
WACs in front of photographic mapping squadron sign, circa 1944
Item # WV0320.6.003
From the Anne E. Heyer Papers