Sharon Blair, interviewed by Caitlyn Barker
Scope and Contents
The Maine Women Veterans Oral History Project collected oral interviews with women veterans through a collaborative effort of the Maine commission on women veterans, the Maine Studies program at UMaine, and the Women Studies program at UMaine. Includes WWII, Vietnam, and Desert Storm.
- Creation: 2000-2003
- Barker, Caitlyn (Person)
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From the Collection: 68 items
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English
NA3224 Sharon Blair, interviewed by Caitlyn Barker, December 4, 2001, at her home in Augusta, Maine. Blair talks about her aspirations of becoming a legal secretary; attending Thomas College; reasons for joining the Marine Corps in 1965; struggles of boot camp at Paris Island, South Carolina; treatment of women in boot camp; the developed bond between members of Marine Corps, and those of the military; life at the base at Cherry Point in North Carolina; working at the Cherry Point base while fellow Marines were deployed to Vietnam; segregation; lessons of the Marine Corps, and its impact on her life; being the first women veteran to work in a male dominated section of the VA; information about WIMSA. Text: 33 pp. transcript, 3 pp. journal. Recording: mfc_na3224_c2328_01, mfc_na3224_c2328_02 (C 2328, CD 2188) Time: 1 hour 13 minutes. Restrictions: None
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