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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

ADELAIDE MURPHY PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Adelaide Cotter Murphy (1921-2005) of Boston, Massachusetts, served in the Woman Marines as a pilot Link trainer from 1943 to 1945.


BIOGRAPHY

Adelaide Murphy was born 29 August 1921 in Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from Notre Dame Academy in 1939, and then attended nearby Lesley College for teacher training.

Murphy joined the Woman Marines in early 1943 and was sent to Hunter College in New York for basic training. Following basic training, she was sent to Atlanta, Georgia, for LITIS (Link Instrument Training Instructors School). She was then stationed at Cherry Point, North Carolina, in mid-1943 to be a Link Trainer. She was transferred to nearby Bogue, North Carolina, and was in charge of the Link department. In 1944, Murphy was transferred to Vero Beach, Florida, to do more advanced Link training. She was discharged from the Marines in fall 1945.

Murphy married in November 1945 and stayed with her husband at Vero Beach until his discharge. They then moved to Asheville for a year, followed by Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1947. They had three children. Adelaide Murphy died on 29 May 2005.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Portrait of Adelaide Murphy, circa 1944
Item # WV0240.6.002
From the Adelaide Murphy Papers
Oral history interview with Adelaide Murphy
Item # WV0240.5.001
From the Adelaide Murphy Papers
Adelaide Murphy, circa 1944
Item # WV0240.6.001
From the Adelaide Murphy Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Photocopies of military papers, 1945; United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve Section, The Atlanta Journal, 29 June 1943; "Instrument Flight," Buaer News 15 July 1943; "The Word: For Personnel Reporting Aboard Beachland W-R Barracks," (US Naval Air Station Vero Beach) 1944; "Twenty-two WAVES and WR's Instruct in Link Trainers," The Buccaneer (US Naval Air Station Vero Beach) 11 Jan 1945; Forest green bell-crown hat; Spruce green bell-crown hat; Spruce green garrison hat