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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

SHIRLEY ANN THACKER LEWIS PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis (b. 1938) of Greensboro, North Carolina, served in the U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) from 1961 to 1965, followed by a career as a school counselor.


BIOGRAPHY

S. Ann Thacker Lewis was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, on 15 October 1938. She graduated from high school at Curry School in 1957 and then attended Women’s College of the University of North Carolina (now UNCG), earning a degree in physical education.

Lewis joined a WAVES recruit program while in college. After graduating, she completed Officer Candidate School at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island. She was chosen to be a legal officer and attended Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island, and was then assigned to Long Beach, California. In addition to defense counsel and prosecutorial duties there, she also worked as a separations officer, public information officer, communications watch officer, and in registered publications. In 1963, Lewis received orders to Wahiawa, Hawaii, where she served as a legal officer and trainer. She met her husband, Chuck Lewis, on a beach in Hawaii, and resigned her commission in January 1965 due to pregnancy.

Lewis later earned a masters’ degree in counseling and worked for thirty years as a school counselor.


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WAVE in uniform, 1961
Item # WV0405.6.015
From the Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis Papers
Portrait of Shirley Thacker in uniform, circa 1962
Item # WV0405.6.002
From the Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis Papers
Portrait of Shirley Thacker in uniform, circa 1962
Item # WV0405.6.001
From the Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis Papers
Dancing at Foreign Officer party, 1962
Item # WV0405.6.004
From the Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis Papers
Shirley Thacker at formal ball, 1962
Item # WV0405.6.005
From the Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis Papers
Navy officers at party, circa 1962
Item # WV0405.6.006
From the Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis Papers
Shirley Thacker in swimsuit, 1962
Item # WV0405.6.007
From the Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis Papers
Shirley Thacker outside barracks, 1961
Item # WV0405.6.014
From the Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis Papers
Navy wedding, 1963
Item # WV0405.6.017
From the Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis Papers
Military medding, 1963
Item # WV0405.6.018
From the Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis Papers
WAVE in swimsuit, 1962
Item # WV0405.6.008
From the Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis Papers
Bachelor Officers' Quarters, Long Beach, 1962
Item # WV0405.6.009
From the Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis Papers
Navy Public Information Officers, 1963
Item # WV0405.6.010
From the Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis Papers
Navy Officers pool party, 1962
Item # WV0405.6.011
From the Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis Papers
Officer and girl dance at Foreign Officers party, 1962
Item # WV0405.6.013
From the Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis Papers
Foreign Officers at pool party, 1962
Item # WV0405.6.012
From the Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis Papers
Servron One hosts Officers Party, 1963
Item # WV0405.2.002
From the Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis Papers
Taluga holds cruise for guests and dependents, 1962
Item # WV0405.2.004
From the Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis Papers
Navy Relief Rose Ball, 1963
Item # WV0405.2.005
From the Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis Papers
Seps: Important to the Fleet, 1962
Item # WV0405.2.006
From the Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis Papers
Seahorse article, 1962
Item # WV0405.2.007
From the Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis Papers
Calling cards for Shirley Thacker, circa 1962
Item # WV0405.2.001
From the Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis Papers
Letter from WAVE to Shirley Thacker's parents, 1964
Item # WV0405.4.001
From the Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis Papers
Oral history interview with S. Ann Thacker Lewis, 2008
Item # WV0405.5.001
From the Shirley Ann Thacker Lewis Papers