Barbara Bagby Battenfeld Oral History
The collection includes an oral history transcript, 22 September 2010.
- 2010 September 22
- Battenfeld , Barbara Bagby (Person)
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Barbara Bagby Battenfeld (b. 1919) served in the United States Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) from 1944 to 1946. Barbara Bagby Battenfeld (1919-2016) was born in New York City in 1919. She grew up in Columbus, Georgia; San Antonio, Texas; Annapolis, Maryland; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, and other locations due to her father’s military career. She graduated from Swarthmore High School in 1937, attended college at University of Vermont, and then at University of Iowa. She then worked as a tabulating machine operator for IBM and at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Battenfeld entered military service in April of 1944, attending WAVES officer training at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She then worked Squantum Air Station near Boston working in message encoding and decoding, among other tasks. She later worked at the Bureau of Naval Personnel.
After being discharged from the WAVES in 1946, Battenfeld went to graduate school at Boston University for teaching, and then worked at the Rowland Hall School for Girls in Salt Lake City, Utah. She died on 9 April 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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- Barbara Bagby Battenfeld Oral History
- Matthew McCarthy
- 2022 July
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