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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

DORIS DICKENS WILSON PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Doris Dickens Wilson (b. 1920) of North Carolina served in the WAAC (Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps) and the WAC (Women’s Army Corps) during WWII. Wilson earned her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and was a professor of family relations at Bradley University for twenty-one years.


BIOGRAPHY

Doris Wilson was born in Smithfield, North Carolina, on August 28, 1920. She graduated from high school in Burgaw, North Carolina, in 1937, and for eighteen months worked jobs through the National Youth Administration. She then attended business school in Wilmington, North Carolina, and worked at the Cape Fear Hotel. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Wilson began volunteering in the message center of the filter center in Wilmington.

Wilson enlisted in the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) in July of 1942, and was inducted at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in October. She completed basic training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, and returned to the filter center in Wilmington, where she trained new recruits. She completed Officer Candidate School at Fort Des Moines in May of 1943, reenlisted in the WAC (Women's Army Corps) and was sent to Fort Devens, Massachusetts, where she worked in the base library for three months while awaiting assignment. Wilson was then stationed at Hamilton Field, California, where she helped start a passenger station for shuttling people to the base. In the spring of 1944 she was transferred to the Officer’s Promotion Unit in Washington, DC. In November of 1944, she married Stanford Lee Hoye.

After her discharge from the WAC in 1945, Wilson moved to West Frankfurt, Illinois, with her husband. They ran an appliance store there before moving to Anna, Illinois. After their divorce, Wilson returned to school and earned her master’s degree from Southern Illinois University in 1960. She taught at the Illinois State Mental Hospital before beginning work as a professor in family relations at Bradley University in Illinois. Wilson earned her Ph.D. in home economics from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1971, and returned to teaching at Bradley. In 1982 she retired from Bradley after twenty-one years and began part-time work as curator of the Peoria Historical Museum. In 1989, she moved to Halifax, North Carolina.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
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Doris Wilson on KP duty, circa 1943
Item # WV0388.6.011
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Doris Wilson in gas mask, circa 1944
Item # WV0388.6.003
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
WAACs digging, circa 1943
Item # WV0388.6.009
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Lt. Dorothy Frome, circa 1944
Item # WV0388.6.053
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Doris Dickens Wilson in uniform, 1944
Item # WV0388.6.052
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Portrait of Doris Dickens and Stanford Hoye, 1944
Item # WV0388.6.047
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Portrait of Doris Wilson, circa 1944
Item # WV0388.6.002
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Doris Wilson and fellow WAAC, circa 1943
Item # WV0388.6.001
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
WAACs at Fort Des Moines, circa 1943
Item # WV0388.6.010
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Doris Wilson in St. Louis, 1942
Item # WV0388.6.004
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Doris Wilson at Officers Candidate School, 1943
Item # WV0388.6.005
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WAAC sisters, circa 1943
Item # WV0388.6.006
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Doris Wilson and fellow WAAC, circa 1943
Item # WV0388.6.008
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Doris Dickens Wilson at WAC barracks, circa 1944
Item # WV0388.6.055
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Letter from J.R. Merrill to Doris Dickens, 1944
Item # WV0388.4.001
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Rank Promotion Notice, 1944
Item # WV0388.4.056
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Rank Promotion Notice, 1945
Item # WV0388.4.057
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Individual Clothing and Equipment Slip, 1944
Item # WV0388.4.058
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Diagram of WAC locker and contents, circa 1944
Item # WV0388.4.059
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Assignment Orders, 1942
Item # WV0388.4.060
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Oral history interview with Doris Wilson, 2007
Item # WV0388.5.001
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Garbage cans, circa 1943
Item # WV0388.6.012
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Doris Dicken Wilson in front of military vehicle, circa 1944
Item # WV0388.6.014
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Three WACs, circa 1944
Item # WV0388.6.017
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WAC with a camera, circa 1944
Item # WV0388.6.018
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Doris Wilson and three fellow WACs, circa 1944
Item # WV0388.6.019
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WACs at Mail Call, circa 1944
Item # WV0388.6.020
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
WAC in pile of duffel bags, circa 1944
Item # WV0388.6.022
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Doris Dickens Wilson and soldier in Wilmington, circa 1943
Item # WV0388.6.023
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Doris Dickens Wilson and soldier in Wilmington, circa 1942
Item # WV0388.6.024
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
WACs on Wrightsville Beach, circa 1943
Item # WV0388.6.025
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Soldiers seated in front of the Armory in Wilmington, 1942
Item # WV0388.6.027
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Beds outside during barracks move, circa 1942
Item # WV0388.6.028
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Soldiers seated at Wilmington Armory, 1942
Item # WV0388.6.030
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Doris Dickens Wilson and Magdalene Kiernan Hecker, circa 1943.
Item # WV0388.6.031
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
WACs doing pushups, ca. 1943
Item # WV0388.6.032
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
WACs and their dates at restaurant, 1943
Item # WV0388.6.033
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Doris Dickens Wilson and soldier at restaurant, 1943
Item # WV0388.6.034
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Doris Wilson and soldier at restaurant, 1943
Item # WV0388.6.035
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Doris Wilson and naval officer, 1943
Item # WV0388.6.037
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Doris Dickens Wilson in front of US Capitol Building, 1944
Item # WV0388.6.039
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Doris Wilson, 1943
Item # WV0388.6.040
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Doris Dickens Wilson and sisters at US Capitol Building, 1944
Item # WV0388.6.041
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Marjorie Wiegand Perry in front of ATC office, circa 1944
Item # WV0388.6.042
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Doris Dicken Wilson in front of ATC office, circa 1944
Item # WV0388.6.044
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Doris Wilson and Marjorie Perry in front of ATC office, circa 1944
Item # WV0388.6.046
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Lt. Mary Felber out of uniform, circa 1944
Item # WV0388.6.048
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
Lt. Mary Felber in uniform, circa 1944
Item # WV0388.6.049
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers
WAC discussion group, circa 1942
Item # WV0388.6.051
From the Doris Dickens Wilson Papers