Jerry Rita Jolliff Brunton Collection
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.
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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.
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Interviewed by Therese Strohmer on 2015 July 24.
The condition is good.
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- Jerry Rita Joliff Brunton Collection
- Matthew McCarthy
- 2022 April
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