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Jerry Rita Jolliff Brunton Collection

Identifier: WV 0588

Scope and Contents

The collection includes an oral history transcript, 24 July 2015; documents related to Women Veterans of Coastal North Carolina, undated; postcards and calendars related to the Women's Memorial in Washington, D.C., undated; a document reflecting on the North Carolina Veterans Day Parade in Morehead City, written by Brunton, November 2011; a WAVES jacket, t-shirt, sweatshirt, and polo shirt; various books related to WAVES.


  • 1950-2015

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical Note

Jerry Rita Jolliff Brunton (b. 1931), of Marysville, Ohio, served as a PBX (Private Branch Exchange) Switchboard Operator in the Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) from 1950-1951. Jerry Rita Jolliff Brunton was born 22 April 1931 in Union County, Ohio. She graduated from high school in 1949, and enlisted in the Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) in 1950, first as a reservist for six months and then transferred as active duty. Brunton attended basic training at Naval Air Station Columbus in Ohio, and then was assigned to the same base for her first duty station. Her primary responsibility was in communications, working as a PBX (Private Branch Exchange) Switchboard Operator.

Brunton met her husband at the naval air station and they were married in 1951. She soon became pregnant and was forced to resign from the WAVES. Brunton's husband was assigned to Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Kansas, where they relocated, and she had her first son in 1952. In 1987, Brunton received her nursing degree from Northeast Alabama Community College, and was certified as a holistic nurse in the following years. In January 2011, Brunton helped organize Women Veterans of Coastal North Carolina, a group dedicated to bringing together women military veterans and active duty women in all branches of the United States Armed Forces. She is also a lifetime member of WAVES National, Unit#144 Raleigh.


0.21 Linear Feet (4 folders )

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

Method of Acquisition

Interviewed by Therese Strohmer on 2015 July 24.

Condition Description

The condition is good.

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Repository Details

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

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