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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

SHIRLEY F. JOHN PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Shirley Ferren John (b. 1935) of Seymour, Iowa, served in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) from 1953 to 1955, then worked with Carolina Telephone in Jacksonville, North Carolina, from 1968 to 1996.


BIOGRAPHY

Shirley John was born in Seymour, Iowa, on December 11, 1935. She graduated from high school in 1953 and then worked as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell in Des Moines, Iowa, until she was old enough to join the Marine Corps.

In January of 1954, John enlisted in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and attended basic training at Parris Island. She was then stationed at Camp Lejeune outside Jacksonville, North Carolina, where she worked in the provost marshal’s office. In February 1955 she was sent to S-3 training. John left the service in July of 1955 after getting married.

After leaving the USMC, John worked as a bookkeeper for Pabst Blue Ribbon while her husband was stationed at Parris Island. She later lived in El Toro, California, and Iowa while her husband continued his military service. In 1968 John settled in Jacksonville, where she had a long career with Carolina Telephone (now Sprint) before retiring in 1996.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Portrait of Shirley F. John, circa 1954
Item # WV0248.6.001
From the Shirley F. John Papers
Oral history interview with Shirley F. John, 2002
Item # WV0248.5.001
From the Shirley F. John Papers