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Collection Ruth Potier
WVM ID Number OH 1083
Object Name Oral History
Title Oral History Interview with Ruth Potier
Date 2007
Event World War II
Narrator's Name Ruth Potier
Interviewer's Name Terry MacDonald
Description In this oral history interview, Ruth Potier, a Sturgeon Bay, Wis. native, discusses her service as a storekeeper second class with the United States Navy WAVES [Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service] during World War II.

Potier tells of entering the service in 1943, and cites wanting to "get out a little bit" as her reason for joining the Navy; she also had several siblings in the service at the same time. Because her brothers were already overseas, she chose not to sign up for overseas duty in order to alleviate some worry from her mother. Potier discusses reporting to Hunters College (New York) in March of 1943, completing basic training there, and then being transferred to Burdett Business College in Boston (Massachusetts) to attend storekeeper school. Potier describes marching in a parade in New York City, as well as sightseeing in both New York and in Boston. After graduating in July of 1943 from business school, Potier tells she was then transferred to the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Millington (Tennessee.) Potier describes her work there in the dispersing office, and her transfer to the travel office where she was responsible for routing troops finished with training, and making sure all of their tickets were dispersed. She details the living conditions on base, and says there was no entertainment for the enlisted personnel on base. Potier describes writing to a soldier injured during the attack on Pearl Harbor, and their eventual marriage in January of 1945 while she was home on leave. She says she needed special permission to wear a wedding dress because she was not allowed to be out of uniform for any reason.

Potier talks of her homecoming in July of 1945 after Germany's surrender, and describes the VJ-Day celebrations at home when Japan finally surrendered. Potier returned to Sturgeon Bay and she and her husband, who was declared 100% disabled due to his Pearl Harbor injuries, raised six children.
Extent and Medium of Description Analog audio recording: 1 audio cassette (approx. 25 minutes)
Transcript: 11 pgs.
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Biographical Record Potier, Ruth