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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

VIRGINIA GARDNER BECKER PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Virginia Becker (1919-2013) of Murfreesboro, North Carolina, a longtime bookkeeper, served in the U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) from June 1943 until October 1945.


BIOGRAPHY

Virginia Gardner Becker was born in 1919 and grew up in Murfreesboro, North Carolina. She attended Chowan Junior College and graduated from the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro) in 1940. She worked at Thomasville Chair Company after graduation.

In June 1943 Becker joined the WAVES as an ensign and completed basic training at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, in July 1943. She was assigned to temporary duty in Scotia, New York, until she could attend Supply and Disbursing School at Harvard University in October 1943. In January 1944, she became assistant officer in charge of the Commissary Store at the Naval Air Station at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. On 20 April 20 1945 she married Bernie Becker, an employee of Pratt Reed Company, but she continued in the WAVES until 31 October 1945. She was discharged as a full lieutenant.

After the end of World War II, Becker and her husband lived in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Maryland before settling in Martinsville, Virginia, with their three children. Becker spent many years working as a bookkeeper, first for a tobacco company and later for a church. She died on 19 September 2013 in Martinsville, Virginia.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Virginia Gardner Becker working in commissary store, 1944
Item # WV0053.6.002
From the Virginia Gardner Becker Papers
Portrait of Virginia Gardner Becker, 1943
Item # WV0053.6.003
From the Virginia Gardner Becker Papers
WAVES Supply Corps training class, 1943
Item # WV0053.6.001
From the Virginia Gardner Becker Papers
Oral history interview with Virginia Gardner Becker, 1999
Item # WV0053.5.001
From the Virginia Gardner Becker Papers
WAVES navy blue havelock, circa 1943
Item # WV0053.8.001
From the Virginia Gardner Becker Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Navy Supply Corps School certificate, 1944; program from Graduation Exercises, Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School, 1943; School Regulations, Navy Supply Corps School, Radcliffe College, 1943; Sounding Off (Newsletter of the Naval Reserve Midshipmen's Schools) June 29-July 27, 1943 (5 issues); U.S. Naval Air Station, Quonset Point, R.I., ca. 1942-1945; Black Leather Shoulder Bag.