Dorothy Rechel of Hendersonville, NC has established the Dorothy J. Rechel Women Veterans Historical Project Oral History and Program Fund to support the work of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project at the University Libraries at UNC Greensboro. Her gift will support the collections and ongoing educational programming of the project.
Rechel was born and raised in Cincinnati,
Ohio. At the age of eighteen, following
graduation from high school, she enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps and began a highly varied twenty-three year career which included overseas assignments in France and Viet Nam. Her military education was
gained in specialized training at several service schools and the US Army
Sergeants Major Academy from which she graduated in 1974.
Sergeant Major Rechel’s final duty station
was Fort Monroe, Virginia, beginning in 1971, at the Headquarters, US Army
Training and Doctrine Command. There she
was privileged to have been involved in planning and preparations for the
dissolution of the Women’s Army Corps and total integration of its members into
the Regular Army, from which she retired in 1976.
Dorothy Rechel has been an active supporter of the
Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project since she contributed her
oral history in 2001. Her papers and oral history interview are
included in the Betty Carter Women Veterans Historical Project in the
University Libraries at UNC Greensboro.