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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

ELIZABETH SIMPSON COLLECTION

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BIOABSTRACT

Elizabeth Simpson (b. 1908) of Monroe, North Carolina, served in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) from 1942 to 1946. Prior to World War II she had a career in life insurance, and Simpson returned to that work when she was discharged from the navy.


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BIOGRAPHY

Elizabeth Simpson was born in Monroe, North Carolina, on 26 June 1908, and raised in both North Carolina and Richmond, Virginia. She attended high school in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Simpson worked for Union Life Insurance in Richmond for fourteen years before joining the Motor Corps of the American Red Cross on 6 March 1942. She resigned from the Red Cross in early 1943 in order to enlist in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). After five weeks of training at the Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Simpson attended a course for storekeepers at Indiana University in Bloomington from April to June 1943. From 1 July 1943 to 1 January 1946, Simpson served as the secretary to the disbursing officer at the U. S. Naval Training Station in San Diego, California. She received her honorable discharge from San Diego as Storekeeper 1st Class.

Following World War II, Simpson worked for insurance companies and the veterans administration in Richmond and Charlotte, North Carolina. She moved to Nashville, Arkansas, in 1953 and to St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1979.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
WAVES Dot and Janet at Cedar Falls, 1943
Item # WV0205.6.001
From the Elizabeth Simpson Collection
Elizabeth Simpson in Bloomington, 1943
Item # WV0205.6.002
From the Elizabeth Simpson Collection
Elizabeth Simpson and WAVES at Indiana University, 1943
Item # WV0205.6.003
From the Elizabeth Simpson Collection
Elizabeth Simpson and Eunice, circa 1944
Item # WV0205.6.007
From the Elizabeth Simpson Collection
Eunice Roundtree, circa 1944
Item # WV0205.6.008
From the Elizabeth Simpson Collection
WAVES in Tijuana, Mexico, 1944
Item # WV0205.6.009
From the Elizabeth Simpson Collection
Elizabeth Simpson and Donna in Tijuana, Mexico, 1943
Item # WV0205.6.010
From the Elizabeth Simpson Collection
WAVES at U.S. Naval Training Station San Diego, 1943
Item # WV0205.6.004
From the Elizabeth Simpson Collection
Elizabeth Simpson at Laguna Beach, California, circa 1944
Item # WV0205.6.005
From the Elizabeth Simpson Collection
Elizabeth Simpson at Laguna Beach, California, circa 1944
Item # WV0205.6.006
From the Elizabeth Simpson Collection

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Papers, postcards, photographs, artifacts