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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

ANNA JEAN COOMES WOODS PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Anna Jean Coomes Woods, a longtime teacher, served in the U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) from November 1943 until July 1946.


BIOGRAPHY

Anna Jean Coomes Woods grew up in western North Carolina and graduated from high school in the early 1940s. She attended business school in Charlotte, North Carolina, then worked at a radio station and as a stockbroker.

In November 1943, Woods enlisted in the WAVES. She attended basic training at Hunter College in the Bronx, New York. For two weeks, she was assigned to Shore Patrol at Hunter College. Her first duty station was classified communications work in Washington, D.C. In July 1946, Woods transferred to the Patuxent Naval Air Test Center in Maryland, where she worked in personnel. She was discharged in 1947 as a petty officer second class.

Woods attended High Point University in High Point, North Carolina, under the GI Bill from 1947 to 1949. She then taught in elementary, junior high, and high schools for thirty-three years. In 1990, she established a scholarship at High Point University. Woods was also very involved in the local WAVES National unit and in supporting the Women in Military Service to America Memorial (WIMSA).


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Oral history interview with Anna Jean Coomes Woods, 1999
Item # WV0019.5.001
From the Anna Jean Coomes Woods Papers
Navy personnel aboard a ship, circa 1944
Item # WV0019.6.001
From the Anna Jean Coomes Woods Papers
Anna Jean Coomes Woods aboard ship, circa 1944
Item # WV0019.6.002
From the Anna Jean Coomes Woods Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Navy Uniform (Jacket and Skirt); Grey and White Seersucker Dress and Jacket; Navy Shirt; White Shirt; Navy Overseas Cap; Seersucker Overseas Cap; Black Tie; Navy Coat (lightweight).