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Evelyn Ramirez video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

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Creator: Ramirez, Evelyn

Date: February 8, 2007

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: World War II Oral Histories Project

Unit ID: 218611

Biographical sketch: Evelyn Ramirez attended Haskell University in Lawrence, Kansas and after she received her certificate from the commercial department, she moved to Horton, Kansas. She went to work for the Bureau of Indian Affairs as the Superintendent's secretary, and worked for them 30 years, except for her time in the WAVE's. In March 1944 she decided to join the WAVEs and went to Hunter College, New York for boot training. For a while she also attended school at Oklahoma A & M at Stillwater, OK, choosing that over Atlanta because she would be closer to her sister at Horton. After her training was finished she was sent to Great Lakes Naval Base where she worked for the stores division, which issued supplies such as the uniforms, jackets, etc. She said it was kind of exciting to watch the planes coming and going all day long at the base. The reason she decided to join the WAVEs instead of the WACs was because she had heard that they had higher standards and she said when she went to Chicago she saw the difference. An opening came up to go to Hawaii but her commanding officer wouldn't release her to go. Later she got transferred to Fleet Hometown News Center and had to move from Chicago and find an apartment. She was one of the first five to move into the office in the Loop, downtown, and there ended up being a hundred typists on her floor. They would receive news articles from all the Navy installations and reproduce them in the U.S. Naval Hometown Newspaper Center, where she worked. Evelyn still has a friend from her military days that she corresponds with in Arizona. As a Native American she never experienced any discrimination in the service; the only thing was that the girls envied her pretty tan. She and her husband, Greg, belong to the Kickapoo American Legion and are active members. They used the GI Bill to purchase their mini-farm, she said. Evelyn and Greg have been married 60 years and have 8 children.

Summary: Evelyn Ramirez enlisted in the WAVE: Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (U.S. Navy) in March 1944 and served until September 1945. She was stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Base and then the Fleet Hometown News Center in downtown Chicago. She was born January 1, 1923, in St. John, North Dakota. She is a Turtle Mountain Chippewa. She completed the two year commercial course at Haskell University, Lawrence, Kansas. Before and after the war, she worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Horton, Kansas. Her husband Greg Ramirez was also interviewed as part of this project (Kansas Memory item 218612). She was interviewed by Debra Dee White Eyes on Feb 8, 2007. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Doniphan County Historical Society (Troy) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

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Title (Main title): Evelyn Ramirez video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

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