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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

NELL SMITH LUTZ PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Nell Smith Lutz (b. 1921) of Marianna, Florida, served in the supply corps in the U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) from 1943 to 1945.


BIOGRAPHY

Nell Smith Lutz was born on 29 November 1921, in Dothan, Alabama, and was raised in Marianna, Florida. She graduated from high school in 1939 and attended Florida State College for Women (now Florida State University).

Immediately following her graduation from college, Lutz enlisted in the WAVES. In July 1943 was sent basic training at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Following basic she was sent to take supply and disbursing classes at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In January 1944 she was assigned to the supply corps of the Norfolk Navy Yard at Portsmouth, Virginia, as an assistant disbursing officer. There she met and became engaged to Frank Lutz. She was then transferred to Glynco, Georgia, as a disbursing officer with independent duty. She married Frank Lutz in August of 1945 and on 29 November 1945, Lutz was discharged from the WAVES.

After leaving the service, Lutz moved to Portsmouth to be with her husband, who was still on active duty. The couple raised three children.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Portrait of Nell Smith Lutz, circa 1944
Item # WV0160.6.004
From the Nell Smith Lutz Papers
Oral history interview with Nell Smith Lutz
Item # WV0160.5.001
From the Nell Smith Lutz Papers
Two WAVES and a civilian man on a bench, circa 1944
Item # WV0160.6.002
From the Nell Smith Lutz Papers
Nell Smith Lutz and female navy service member, circa 1943
Item # WV0160.6.001
From the Nell Smith Lutz Papers
Nell Smith Lutz at desk, circa 1944
Item # WV0160.6.003
From the Nell Smith Lutz Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Photocopies of correspondence, ca. 1943; Photocopies of Military Papers, 1943-1951; Newspaper clippings, 1943-1945, 2003.