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Edna Smith Wilson Collection

Identifier: WV 0355

Content Description

The collection includes an oral history transcript, 19 July 2006; portrait photograph of Edna in her Marines Winter uniform and hat; photograph of her mother in the Motor Corps in WWI standing in front of a vehicle.


  • 2006 July, undated

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Collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Edna Smith Wilson (1922-2008) of Plainfield, New Jersey, served in the Marine Corps Women's Reserve from 1943 to 1946. Edna Smith Wilson was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, on 8 March 1922, the oldest of five children. When she was a teenager her family moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina, and then to Conway, Arkansas. She attended the University of Arkansas and graduated in 1943 with a major in French.

Wilson joined the Marine Corps Women's Reserve in April 1943 and completed boot camp at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, that summer. She spent the duration of her service in San Francisco, California, as a supply clerk. Wilson was discharged in April 1946.

Wilson married in 1947 and lived in Germany, California, New York, Hawaii, and Connecticut with her husband while he was in the air force. They had two sons and later settled in Washington, D.C. Edna Wilson passed away in April 2008.


0.21 Linear Feet (2 folders )

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  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.

Condition Description

The condition is good.

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Processed by Matthew McCarthy.

Edna Smith Wilson Collection
Matthew McCarthy
2023 March
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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