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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

BERTHA BARWIKOWSKI PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Bertha Barwikowski (1923-2004) of Stamford, Connecticut, served as a teletype operator in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) from 1944 to 1945.


BIOGRAPHY

Bertha Bielen Barwikowski was born in Stamford, Connecticut, on 3 September 1923 to first- and second-generation Polish immigrants. After graduating from high school in 1941, she worked for the Pitney Bowes Postage Meter Company. Barwikowski enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps in July 1944 and attended basic training at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, before serving as a teletype operator with the North Atlantic Division Air Transport Command at Grenier Field near Manchester, New Hampshire.

Barwikowski married her first husband in January 1945 and was discharged from the army in May 1945 when she became pregnant. She and her husband moved to Orlando, Florida, but were divorced five years later. When her second marriage ended, Bertha Bielen Barwikowski found work as a waitress and then with the United States Postal Service. She remained with the postal service for twenty-four years. Barwikowski passed away on 31 January 2004.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Portrait of Bertha Barwikowski, circa 1944
Item # WV0188.6.001
From the Bertha Barwikowski Papers
Oral history interview with Bertha Sligh B. Barwikowski, 2000
Item # WV0188.5.001
From the Bertha Barwikowski Papers