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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

MARGARET (PEGGY) REEVE PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Margaret “Peggy” W. Reeve performed secretarial work in the Army Air Forces while serving with Women’s Army Corps (WAC) from 1944 to 1945.


BIOGRAPHY

Margaret "Peggy" Wierum Reeve graduated from a boarding school in Providence, Rhode Island, and later lived in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where she was employed as a secretary for Eaton Paper Corporation. She married in 1941, and while her husband was serving overseas Reeve joined the WAC.

On 30 March 1944, Reeve was inducted into the WAC. She was sent the following month to Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, for basic training. Following basic, she was assigned to Westover Field in Massachusetts, where she did secretarial work in a personnel unit with the Army Air Forces. The unit was transferred in the summer of 1945 to Seymour Johnson Air Base in North Carolina. Reeve was discharged as a corporal on 26 October 1945.

Following their discharges, the Reeves moved to Boston, Massachusetts, and later to Anderson, South Carolina, where Peggy Reeve attended Anderson Junior College on the GI Bill. She later took classes at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and worked as a secretary for several local institutions, including the American Friends Service Committee.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Margaret Reeve with two WACs, 1944
Item # WV0021.6.001
From the Margaret (Peggy) Reeve Papers
WACs at mail call, 1944
Item # WV0021.6.002
From the Margaret (Peggy) Reeve Papers
WAC on a wash day, April 1944
Item # WV0021.6.003
From the Margaret (Peggy) Reeve Papers
Oral history interview with Margaret W. Reeve, 1999
Item # WV0021.5.001
From the Margaret (Peggy) Reeve Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Official Physical Training Handbook of the WAC, 1943