Female veteran collections
This Veterans Day we would like to take the opportunity to highlight two female veterans documented through manuscript collections maintained by Special Collections.
Margaret “Bridget” Duggan was commissioned in the United States Air Force in 1963 and served overseas in Okinawa, Japan, and Thailand. From 1975-1977, she was a commander of a basic military training squadron at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. In 1977, Margaret Duggan was sent to Iran to integrate women into the Iranian armed forces, but left in 1979 when the Shah of Iran was overthrown. She retired from the Air Force in 1982. The collection is comprised of awards, photographs, scrapbooks, and correspondence.
During World War II, Lucie Petri ran hotels in Paris for American women serving overseas. During the late 1940s, she served as president of the overseas division of the National Council of Catholic Women. Petri served as president of the New York unit of the Women’s Overseas Service League and in 1967, Petri was elected national president of the organization. The collection is comprised of scrapbooks, clippings, and assorted Women’s Overseas Service League materials.
Pictured below are several pages from one of Lucie Petri’s scrapbooks documenting a tour of Reim in 1919.
Other military-related sources at UTSA: