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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

RACHEL SUMMERS MCGEE PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Rachel Leuella Summers McGee (1920-2007) of Greensboro, North Carolina, was a teletype operator in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) from 1942 to 1943.


BIOGRAPHY

Rachel Leuella Summers McGee of Greensboro, North Carolina, was born on 5 August 1920. She graduated from Bessemer High School and began working as a teletype operator for Western Union.

McGee enlisted in the WAAC in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in the fall of 1942. She attended basic training at Fort Des Moines in Iowa in November 1942. In early 1943, McGee was assigned to the Communications Center at Fort Knox in Kentucky. She served with the WAAC for nearly one year and then chose to be discharged when the auxiliary corps became the Women’s Army Corps (WAC).

After her discharge from the military, McGee returned to work for Western Union. She worked for the company for nearly forty years, in both California and the Greensboro area. She and her husband had one son. Rachel McGee died on 13 February 2007.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Rachel Summers McGee outside building, circa 1942
Item # WV0016.6.001
From the Rachel Summers McGee Papers
Rachel Summers McGee at Ft. Knox, 1943
Item # WV0016.6.002
From the Rachel Summers McGee Papers
Rachel Summers McGee, circa 1942
Item # WV0016.6.004
From the Rachel Summers McGee Papers
WAAC 5th Company, 3rd Regiment, 1942
Item # WV0016.6.003
From the Rachel Summers McGee Papers
Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Khaki Uniform, circa 1942
Item # WV0016.8.001
From the Rachel Summers McGee Papers
Oral history interview with Rachel Summers McGee, 1999
Item # WV0016.5.001
From the Rachel Summers McGee Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Army Life, May 1943; Purse