“Recognition of Women in the Armed Forces” will be the focus of the Upson Historical Society Veterans Day Progam. The program will be held at the Memorial Hall, Senior Center, on Saturday, November 16 at 11 a.m., it is free and open to the public. Presented by several talented ladies, this program will feature several fascinating stories of the contributions of women in the armed services and those ladies on the homefront. Retired Navy Chief Pauline Hendron will be the emcee. Along with retiring after a full career with the Navy, Chief Hendron taught Naval Science at Upson Lee High School from 2000 to 2011.
Intriguing stories will include information on the Women Ferry Pilots as part of the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs). Margaret Hardy Reviere, daughter of former Thomaston Times editor J. B. Hardy, was one of these amazing women.
Author Regina T. Hawkins will speak about her Aunt Hazel Raines, one of 25 American women who flew with the Air Transport Auxiliary in England. Her aunt grew up in Macon, Georgia. Mrs. Hawkins has taken the letters written by her aunt and compiled a book, Pioneer Lady of Flight. A few quotes from one synopsis of the book states: “Hazel Raines’ wartime experiences in England included a Christmas visit with Lady Astor at her Cliveden Estate, and crashing a Spitfire through the roof of an English house. After returning to the United States, Raines joined the WASPs, organized in 1943, by her friend and mentor, Jackie Cochran.”
Upson County’s Linda Hallman will share stories on her husband Ed’s second cousin, Army Nurse Corps. Ms. Grace Hallman who was on the infamous Bataan peninsula in the Philippines in 1942. All the nurses left Bataan the night of the surrender, April 8, 1942, for Corregidor. In an effort to get as many nurses off Corregidor before the final surrender, military commanders succeeded in evacuating 22 women to Australia. Two of these nurses were Grace Hallman of Upson County and her friend Mary Moultrie of Meriwether County.
Following these stories of these incredible women, Chief Hendron will honor the ladies on the homefront and a list of 32 women veterans from Upson will be read.
Refreshments will be provided by the John Houstoun Chapter of the NSDAR.