Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Geneva Fields Ford. Geneva served in World War II from 1942 to 1945.
In an interview with the Veteran’s History Project, Geneva explains she was sworn into the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps on Sept. 12, 1942. She worked at an information center plotting the course of airplanes along the eastern coastline to identify enemy planes. Geneva was one of the first females ever in the United States Army motor pool and served as a motor pool dispatcher.
Geneva was later transferred to Shaw Field, South Carolina and was responsible for transporting and distributing copies of special orders to departments. On Oct. 12, 1945, she was discharged after serving more than three years. Geneva received a white medal for her service in the war.
Geneva returned to Texas after the war and worked at a phone service company for many years. She was one of 10 children, eight of whom served in World War II. On Nov. 8, 2012, Geneva passed away.
We honor your service, Geneva.
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Veterans History Project
This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.
Graphic created by Carl J. Valentino: Carl J. Valentino is a student at the University of Delaware with a Major in International Business and a Minor in Graphic Design.