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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

JUDITH BULLOCK NISBET PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Judith Bullock Nisbet (1919-2012) of Red Springs, North Carolina, served in the U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services) from 1942 to 1945 in the maintenance department of the Bureau of Aeronautics in Washington, D.C.


COLLECTION SUMMARY

An oral history interview, memoir, photographs and textiles primarily document Nisbet's service during World War II. The oral history interview provides information about Nisbet's childhood in Red Springs, N.C., during the Depression, her education at the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina, and her service as a WAVE. Prominent subjects include training at Mount Holyoke College, her military jobs in Washington, D.C., and Presbyterian minister Peter Marshall. Memoir and photographs also document Nisbet's military service. Textiles include a WAVES dress white summer uniform.

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BIOGRAPHY

Judith Bullock Nisbet was born on 4 September 1919 in Red Springs, North Carolina, the youngest of five children born to agronomist George Bullock and his wife, a Woman's College (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro) attendee. Judith spent her childhood in Puerto Rico, where her father worked for American Tobacco Company, and then returned to Red Springs where she attended high school. After graduating from high school, she spent two years at Peace College in Raleigh. Bullock transferred to Woman's College, where she majored in art and graduated in 1941.

In August 1942, while taking defense courses in Raleigh, Nisbet enlisted in the WAVES. She was called up in December and attended basic training in South Hadley, Massachusetts, at Mount Holyoke College. She completed her training in February 1943 and was assigned to Public Works in the maintenance department of the Bureau of Aeronautics in Washington, D.C. She served as a messenger for several months and then held a series of other jobs in the maintenance department until the end of the war. Nisbet was put on reserve in November 1945.

Nisbet married her first husband, Edward "Shorty" Thomson, on 24 April 1943. After the war they moved to Charlotte and had three children. Edward Thomson died in 1987, and Judith Nisbet remarried in the mid-1990s. Nisbet passed away in January 2012.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Wedding of Judith Bullock and Edward Thomson, 1943
Item # WV0056.6.001
From the Judith Bullock Nisbet Papers
Portrait of Judith Bullock Nisbet, circa 1944
Item # WV0056.6.002
From the Judith Bullock Nisbet Papers
Oral history interview with Judith Bullock Nisbet, 1999
Item # WV0056.5.001
From the Judith Bullock Nisbet Papers
WAVES dress white summer uniform, circa 1942
Item # WV0056.8.001
From the Judith Bullock Nisbet Papers