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Betty Hyatt Caccavale Collection

Identifier: WV 0095

Content Description

The collection includes an oral history transcript, 18 June 1999; photographs of Betty on her wedding day, 1945; various photocopies of newspaper clippings, 1943-1994; various military papers, undated.


  • circa 1943-1999


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Collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Elizabeth "Betty" Hyatt Caccavale (1923-2016), of Walnut Grove, South Carolina, served as a cryptographer in the United States Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) from February 1943 to May 1945.

Elizabeth 'Betty' Hyatt Caccavale was born in Walnut Grove, South Carolina, on 6 January 1923. She graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1940, and then worked as a secretarial assistant at two insurance businesses.

Caccavale joined the WAVES in February 1943. She attended basic training at Cedar Falls, Iowa, and then was assigned to Washington, D.C., to decode Japanese naval communications at the Naval Intelligence Office.

She married Philip Caccavale in February 1945 and left the service in May 1945. The Caccavales moved to New York, where Betty worked on Wall Street and her husband started a fuel business. They had two children, and after they were grown, Betty attended Queens College in Queens, New York.


0.21 Linear Feet (5 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.

Betty Hyatt Caccavale Collection
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Matthew McCarthy
2022 June
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Repository Details

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

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