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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

LOUISE NASH DORSETT PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Louise Nash Dorsett (1913?-2011) of Mt. Gilead, North Carolina, served in the U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) from 1942 to 1945.


BIOGRAPHY

Louise Nash (1913?-2011) was born in Boulder, Colorado, and raised in Mt. Gilead, North Carolina, the daughter of a hydroelectric engineer and a teacher. Nash graduated from high school in Mt. Gilead and then attended Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina, for one year. She transferred to the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro) and graduated in 1934 with a degree in English. She taught school for a short time and then worked for the Carolina Power and Light Company in Raleigh, North Carolina, for six years.

Nash joined the WAVES in October 1942. She attended five weeks of basic training at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and was then ordered to the Bureau of Ships in Washington, D.C., in December 1942. She primarily performed administrative work, and she remained in Washington until her discharge in December 1945.

Louise Nash married Lieutenant Howard Dorsett on 4 January 1943 in Staten Island, New York. The couple settled in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1946 and then moved to Mt. Gilead, North Carolina, in 1947. She passed away on 11 October, 2011.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Louise Nash Dorsett, 1945
Item # WV0017.6.001
From the Louise Nash Dorsett Papers
Portrait of Louise Nash Dorsett, 1943
Item # WV0017.6.002
From the Louise Nash Dorsett Papers
WAVES blue winter uniform, circa 1944
Item # WV0017.8.001
From the Louise Nash Dorsett Papers
Oral history interview with Louise Nash Dorsett, 1999
Item # WV0017.5.001
From the Louise Nash Dorsett Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Navy Department Citation, 1946; Grey and White Summer Seersucker Jacket, ca. 1944-1945.