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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

ELIZABETH C. HICKCOX PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Elizabeth Hickcox of Glassboro, New Jersey, served in the U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) from March 1944 to December 1945.


BIOGRAPHY

Elizabeth "Betty" Jordan Hickcox (b. 1923?) was born in Woodstown, New Jersey, and grew up in Glassboro, New Jersey. After graduating from high school in 1941, she worked at a sewing factory, a bottle cap factory, and a department store before taking a job on the docks with Standard Oil of New York.

Hickcox joined the WAVES in March 1944. She completed basic training and then cooks and bakers school at Hunter College in New York. After graduating cooks and bakers school on 29 September 1944, she was sent to the Anacostia Naval Station in Washington, D.C. She started as a scullery maid, but later became a cook. She was discharged from the WAVES on 20 December 1945, shortly after her marriage to Ray Hickcox.

The Hickcoxs settled in Schenectady, New York, after Ray Hickcox left the army in June 1946. Betty Hickcox taught sewing for several years and worked briefly for a caterer. She left New York in 1990, eventually settling in Charlotte, N.C.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Elizabeth C. Hickcox and friends, 1944
Item # WV0067.6.001
From the Elizabeth C. Hickcox Papers
Regiment 31 at the U.S. Naval Training Station in Bronx, NY, 1944
Item # WV0067.6.003
From the Elizabeth C. Hickcox Papers
Graduation photo of Cooks and Bakers Class XI, 1944
Item # WV0067.6.004
From the Elizabeth C. Hickcox Papers
Elizabeth C. Hickcox and sailor, circa 1944
Item # WV0067.6.002
From the Elizabeth C. Hickcox Papers
Oral history interview with Elizabeth C. Hickcox, 1999
Item # WV0067.5.001
From the Elizabeth C. Hickcox Papers