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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

DOROTHY R. COLLINS SULLIVAN PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Dorothy Collins Sullivan (b. 1916) of New York was a mail clerk in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) and the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) from 1943 to 1945.


BIOGRAPHY

Dorothy Collins Sullivan was born on November 16, 1916 in New York City. She was raised in the Bronx and attended high school there. After graduation, she worked at a five-and-dime store.

In March 1943, Sullivan enlisted in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC). She completed basic training at Fort Oglethorpe before being assigned to Camp Gordon, Georgia, where she sorted mail. After receiving overseas training back at Fort Oglethorpe, her company traveled to England on the HMS Queen Elizabeth. Sullivan was stationed for a year at Sutton Coldfield, England, and later at Vitry-sur-Seine, France, for six months before returning to the United States in 1945. She was discharged in September of 1945 with a final rank of private first class.

After her service, Sullivan worked at the American Bank Note Company. She and her husband remained in the Bronx until the late 1970s, when they moved to Florida.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
WACs sorting mail, circa 1944
Item # WV0187.6.004
From the Dorothy R. Collins Sullivan Papers
WACs sort packages, circa 1944
Item # WV0187.6.006
From the Dorothy R. Collins Sullivan Papers
Dorothy Collins Sullivan and two WACs, circa 1944
Item # WV0187.6.001
From the Dorothy R. Collins Sullivan Papers
Dorothy Collins Sullivan at gate, circa 1944
Item # WV0187.6.002
From the Dorothy R. Collins Sullivan Papers
WACs in fatigues, 1944
Item # WV0187.6.003
From the Dorothy R. Collins Sullivan Papers
Warehouse of bags, circa 1944
Item # WV0187.6.005
From the Dorothy R. Collins Sullivan Papers
Oral history interview with Dorothy Sullivan, 2004
Item # WV0187.5.001
From the Dorothy R. Collins Sullivan Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
2 Overseas caps, olive drab with gold cord.