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Reva Ingram Fortune Collection

Identifier: WV 0034

Content Description

The collection includes an oral history transcript, 8 February 1999; various photographs of Fotrune’s Women’s Army Corps service as an Army Air Force Service Pilot, 1943-1947; various copies of letters, 1943; various newspaper articles from UNCG Campus Weekly and Greensboro News & Record, 1991-1997; a “Sky High Experience” article located in Oversized Box 1, 1997.


  • circa 1943-1999


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Collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Reva Pauline Ingram Fortune (1917-2018) of Greensboro, North Carolina, served with the Army Air Force while in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) from 1943 to 1948 and with the Women in the Air Force (WAF) from 1948 to 1952. She then spent twenty-five years as a Social Security Administration employee in High Point, NC. Reva Pauline Ingram Fortune was born on 6 April, 1917 in Colfax, Illinois, and raised on a farm outside of Greensboro, North Carolina. She was one of six children; two of her sisters also served in the military during World War II. After graduating from Greensboro High School in 1933, Fortune worked as a secretary at Pomona Terra-Cotta Company.

Fortune enlisted in the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) in the spring of 1943 and attended basic training at Daytona Beach, Florida. She was then assigned to Buckingham Army Air Field at Fort Myers, Florida, where she served as company clerk and first sergeant of a WAC squadron. Fortune was stationed there until the air field closed in 1945. She was then transferred to Turner Field in Albany, Georgia, for six months. From there she was sent to Goodfellow Field in San Angelo, Texas. Three months later Fortune was assigned to Randolph Field in San Antonio, where she remained for several years.

While at Randolph Field, Fortune attended night classes at Trinity College and met her future husband, Roy Fortune, a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division. In 1948, the air force was established as an independent branch of the United States military, and Fortune re-enlisted for another four years with the WAF. In 1952, when her enlistment was up, Fortune was stationed in Fort Myers, Virginia. She then married Roy Fortune and left the Air Force.

When Roy Fortune was stationed overseas in 1953 and 1954, Reva Fortune returned to Greensboro and moved in with her parents. She enrolled in classes at Woman's College (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro) on the GI Bill and graduated in 1958 with a degree in biology and a minor in Spanish. The following year she went to work for the Social Security Administration in High Point, North Carolina, where she remained for twenty-five years, until her retirement in 1984.


3.21 Linear Feet (4 folders, WVPH General oversize box 2)

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The condition is fair.

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Reva Ingram Fortune Collection
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2022 September, 2022 October
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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US