Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Air Force Veteran Mary Tener Davidson Hall.
Mary commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force in 1951 and served with the 601st Supply Squadron. She detailed her time as a supply officer in the Air Force in an interview for the Veterans History Project.
Growing up, Mary had always wanted to travel and intended to work in Foreign Service. However, once the Air Force opened its door to women officers, she decided to serve in the military. Mary was part of the second class to graduate from the Basic Officer Military Course at Lackland Air Force Base.
Mary was assigned to Komaki Air Base in Japan where she worked as a supply officer. During her time there, she took the opportunity to travel to Korea and other countries in the Pacific. After returning home, she was sent to the Squadron Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base. She said of her time there, “I was one of five women, and 597 men, and that was a wonderful experience.”
After leaving the military, Mary continued to be involved as an Air Force wife. “I used to address all the young incoming wives and tell them about the Air Force and what they could expect.” She also remained committed to community service and volunteered in family services and libraries wherever her husband was stationed. She is especially proud of her campaign that procured and distributed about 10,000 books to schools in Ankara, Turkey.
Mary is also active in various Veterans organizations including, the Air Force Women’s Officer Association and Women’s Overseas Service League.
Thank you for your service, Mary!
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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.