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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

LENORA I. NAGEL PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Lenora I. Nagel (b. 1930) of Lawton, North Dakota, served with the Women in the Air Force from 1953 to 1956. She later spent almost thirty years teaching overseas as a civilian with the Department of Defense.


BIOGRAPHY

Lenora Nagel of Lawton, North Dakota, was born on 6 September 1930 to German parents. Her father was a carpenter and had a convenience store during the Depression. After graduating from high school, Nagel attended the Mayville State Teachers College in Mayville, North Dakota, where she received a two-year teaching certificate. She taught school for three years in North Dakota before joining the Women in the Air Force (WAF) on 15 June 1953.

After completing basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, in late 1953, Nagel attended radio school at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. In the spring of 1954 she received orders to Selfridge Air Force Base in Mount Clemens, Michigan, where she worked primarily as a flight operator for two years. She was discharged from the air force on 15 December 1956.

Nagel used the GI Bill to take education classes, eventually receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education at Mayville State Teachers College. In 1961 she began teaching overseas as a civilian with the U.S. Department of Defense. For the next twenty-nine years she taught American children in France, Germany, Japan, Iceland, Bermuda, and Cuba. Nagel retired in August 1990 and moved to Tampa, Florida.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Lenora I. Nagel at the flight board at Selfridge Field, 1955
Item # WV0201.6.003
From the Lenora I. Nagel Papers
Lenora I. Nagel at a map in a planning room, 1955
Item # WV0201.6.004
From the Lenora I. Nagel Papers
WAF overcoat, circa 1955
Item # WV0201.8.001
From the Lenora I. Nagel Papers
WAF garrison cap, circa 1955
Item # WV0201.8.002
From the Lenora I. Nagel Papers
WAF winter uniform, circa 1955
Item # WV0201.8.003
From the Lenora I. Nagel Papers
Oral history interview with Lenora Nagel, 2001
Item # WV0201.5.001
From the Lenora I. Nagel Papers
Lenora I. Nagel in San Antonio, 1953
Item # WV0201.6.001
From the Lenora I. Nagel Papers
Lenora I. Nagel at Keesler Air Force Base, 1953
Item # WV0201.6.002
From the Lenora I. Nagel Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Orientation of the Outside World," 1953; duffle bag, Eisenhower Jacket, fatigue jacket, summer skirt, sweater.