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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

M. JEAN MOORE FASSE PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

M. Jean Moore Fasse (1908-2008) of Lillington, North Carolina, served in the Red Cross during WWII, and later the Special Service, from 1946 to 1963.


BIOGRAPHY

Mayme Jean Moore Fasse was born in Lillington, North Carolina, in 1908 and was raised on a farm nearby. She attended Hillside High School in Durham, North Carolina, where she lived with families as a nanny until she graduated in 1931. She then worked in a tobacco factory and a local hospital. Fasse enrolled at Fayetteville State Teachers College (now Fayetteville State University) and earned a teaching degree. Her first teaching job was in a one-room school in Goldsboro, North Carolina. After deciding she didn’t want to teach, she returned to FSTC and attended summer school. She and a friend then decided to move to New York. After only a year she returned to Fayetteville and teaching. Fasse worked at the Robeson County Training School in Maxton, North Carolina, in the late-1930s and early 1940s.

Fasse joined the American Red Cross in 1944 and was sent to Washington, D.C., for training. She was assigned to a unit prepared for overseas duty and traveled to California to depart for Calcutta, India. Fasse was stationed along the Lido Road, including a short time in Burma. After the jungle bases were closed, she became the head of the Cosmos Club, a Red Cross club in Calcutta. She returned to the States in August of 1946, landing in New York City.

Fasse immediately signed up for the U.S. Special Services in order to run recreation clubs in Europe. She was sent to Frankfurt, Germany, for training, she was assigned as a club director in Mannheim. Almost six years later she was transferred to Füssen for a few months, and then Höchberg, and then Munich. In the early 1950s Fasse was sent to France, where she worked in clubs in Tours and Toul. Fasse married in 1963 and left the Special Services. The Fasses remained in Europe until 1990. Jean Fasse died on 21 June 2008.


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Jean Fasse and Army personnel in craft class, circa 1955
Item # WV0390.6.013
From the M. Jean Moore Fasse Papers
Jean Moore Fasse inside service club, circa 1955
Item # WV0390.6.020
From the M. Jean Moore Fasse Papers
Jean Moore Fasse on inspection tour, 1948
Item # WV0390.6.021
From the M. Jean Moore Fasse Papers
Jean Fasse, circa 1955
Item # WV0390.6.022
From the M. Jean Moore Fasse Papers
Jean Moore Fasse at party, circa 1955
Item # WV0390.6.023
From the M. Jean Moore Fasse Papers
Jean Moore Fasse's birthday party, circa 1946
Item # WV0390.6.011
From the M. Jean Moore Fasse Papers
Jean Fasse and Special Services personnel, circa 1955
Item # WV0390.6.014
From the M. Jean Moore Fasse Papers
Jean Fasse at microphone, circa 1955
Item # WV0390.6.015
From the M. Jean Moore Fasse Papers
Jean Fasse teaching card game, circa 1955
Item # WV0390.6.016
From the M. Jean Moore Fasse Papers
Jean Fasse with winners from March of Dimes, circa 1955
Item # WV0390.6.017
From the M. Jean Moore Fasse Papers
My Trip Behind the Iron Curtain, 1958
Item # WV0390.3.002
From the M. Jean Moore Fasse Papers
Oral history interview with Jean M. Fasse, 2007
Item # WV0390.5.001
From the M. Jean Moore Fasse Papers
Indian cremation, circa 1946
Item # WV0390.6.001
From the M. Jean Moore Fasse Papers
Streets of Calcutta, circa 1946
Item # WV0390.6.002
From the M. Jean Moore Fasse Papers
Jean Fasse with sailor and Indian, circa 1946
Item # WV0390.6.004
From the M. Jean Moore Fasse Papers
Jean Fasse in Indian dress, circa 1946
Item # WV0390.6.006
From the M. Jean Moore Fasse Papers
Jean Moore Fasse with her class, 1939
Item # WV0390.6.010
From the M. Jean Moore Fasse Papers
Jean Fasse with her class, circa 1939
Item # WV0390.6.009
From the M. Jean Moore Fasse Papers
Inside of Service Club, ca. 1948
Item # WV0390.6.024
From the M. Jean Moore Fasse Papers
Mannheim Service Club interior, circa 1948
Item # WV0390.6.025
From the M. Jean Moore Fasse Papers
Event at Mannhiem Service Club, circa 1948
Item # WV0390.6.026
From the M. Jean Moore Fasse Papers
Jean Moore Fasse greeting Martha Raye, 1948
Item # WV0390.6.018
From the M. Jean Moore Fasse Papers
Jean Fasse with Honor Guard, circa 1955
Item # WV0390.6.019
From the M. Jean Moore Fasse Papers