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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

FRANCES BARRINGER BAILEY PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Frances B. Bailey (b. 1920) of Concord, North Carolina, worked in supply, disbursing, and payroll in the U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) from April 1943 to October 1946. She then resumed her career in education as a math teacher and school administrator in the Carolinas.


BIOGRAPHY

Frances Barringer Bailey (b. 1920) grew up in Concord, North Carolina, and graduated from Concord High School in 1936. She attended Pfeiffer Junior College in Misenheimer, North Carolina, for two years, and then transferred to the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro). After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in math in 1940, she taught in Troy, North Carolina, for two years. After six weeks of training at N.C. State University, Bailey went to Baltimore, Maryland, to work in the civil service inspecting gas mask gauges.

In April 1943, Bailey joined the WAVES and boarded a train for Massachusetts. She attended basic training at Smith College for six weeks and then supply school at Radcliffe College. Bailey was first assigned to Montauk Point, New York, but went instead to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Great Lakes, Illinois, where she worked in receiving and payroll. In the summer of 1945 she was sent to Corpus Christi, Texas, where she worked in the dispersing and payroll offices. Bailey was discharged from the WAVES as a lieutenant on 4 October 1946.

After a vacation to the West Coast, Bailey returned to Chicago and worked for A.B. Dick, a mimeograph company. She later moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she met and married William E. Bailey in 1950. The couple moved to Greensboro, where Frances Baily taught at Greensboro High School. She continued her career in education in Lancaster, South Carolina, as a teacher and administrator, and as a math program supervisor. She later moved to Florence, South Carolina.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Frances Barringer Bailey in uniform, 1943
Item # WV0069.6.001
From the Frances Barringer Bailey Papers
Frances Barringer Bailey in uniform, 1943
Item # WV0069.6.002
From the Frances Barringer Bailey Papers
Franes Barringer Bailey in uniform beside a car, 1943
Item # WV0069.6.003
From the Frances Barringer Bailey Papers
Portrait of Frances Barringer Bailey, 1943
Item # WV0069.6.012
From the Frances Barringer Bailey Papers
WAVES pass in review, 1946
Item # WV0069.6.005
From the Frances Barringer Bailey Papers
WAVES units pass in review, 1946
Item # WV0069.6.007
From the Frances Barringer Bailey Papers
Aerial photograph of review parade, 1946
Item # WV0069.6.006
From the Frances Barringer Bailey Papers
Great Lakes Supply Department staff, 1943
Item # WV0069.6.008
From the Frances Barringer Bailey Papers
Supply School graduation class, 1943
Item # WV0069.6.009
From the Frances Barringer Bailey Papers
Four WAVES and a sailor, circa 1946
Item # WV0069.6.010
From the Frances Barringer Bailey Papers
Frances Barringer Bailey with coworker, 1946
Item # WV0069.6.011
From the Frances Barringer Bailey Papers
WAVES dine at an anniversary party, 1945
Item # WV0069.6.004
From the Frances Barringer Bailey Papers
Oral history interview with Frances Barringer Bailey, 1999
Item # WV0069.5.001
From the Frances Barringer Bailey Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Correspondence, 1943; Military Papers, 1946; ID Card, ca. 1943-1946; Officer's Cap Insignia; Discharge Pin; Gold Uniform Buttons; Lieutenant's Collar Device