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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

VIRGILIA WILLIAMS PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Virgilia "Jill" Williams (1914-2003) of Grandview, Iowa, served in the U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) as a pharmacist's mate third class at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, and an instructor of pharmacist's mates at the U.S. Naval Training School in the Bronx, New York, during World War II.


COLLECTION SUMMARY

The collection contains correspondence, military papers, photographs, postcards, publications, and a scrapbook kept by Virgilia. The correspondence between Williams and her sisters and also with her WAVES friends documents her time in the military and her experiences being a woman in the U.S. Navy. The photographs contain not only images of Williams, but photographs of fellow WAVES as well. The largest portion of the collection consists of military publications.

For a complete list of contents for this collection, visit:
https://libapps.uncg.edu/archon/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=302


BIOGRAPHY

Virgilia "Jill" Williams was born 16 October 1914, in Grandview, Iowa, the third child of Harold and Leila (Lieberknecht) Williams. She graduated with honors from Mount Vernon High School, and in 1936 received a bachelor of arts in history and education from Cornell College in Mount Vernon. She later earned certifications from Augustana College and Northwestern University and became a teacher of the deaf and hearing impaired.

Williams joined the U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) in May 1944 and was sent to the U.S. Naval Training School at Hunter College in the Bronx, New York. She attended hospital corps school at the Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and was then assigned to the hospital at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, where she served as a pharmacist's mate. In August 1945 she was transferred back to the Bronx, where she worked as an instructor of pharmacist's mates.

When Williams was honorably discharged from the navy in December 1945, she returned to the Midwest where she taught elementary school for over forty years. Upon her death in 2003, she donated her body to the University of Iowa Medical School for scientific research.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
WAVES song lyrics, circa 1945
Item # WV0345.2.001
From the Virgilia Williams Papers
Marching to Victory songbook, circa 1945
Item # WV0345.2.002
From the Virgilia Williams Papers
A Boot's Eye-view, circa 1944
Item # WV0345.2.003
From the Virgilia Williams Papers
The Story of You in Navy Blue, 1944
Item # WV0345.2.004
From the Virgilia Williams Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:

The Virgilia William Papers contains correspondence, military papers, photographs, postcards, publications, and a scrapbook kept by Williams.

For a complete list of contents for this collection, visit:
library.uncg.edu/info/depts/scua/collections/university_archives/wvead/wv0345.xml