Martha O'Driscoll at Cadet graduation ceremonies, California, August 1943

Gift in Memory of Martha O'Driscoll

Photograph. Air Corps officers and Martha O'Driscoll at Cadet graduation ceremonies for Class 43-J. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, Sixth Naval District. Personal caption on photo reverse: "From Left to Right: 1 - Brig. General L. [Leo] A. Walton, Chief of Staff, Western Flying Training Command, Santa Ana, Calif. 2- Brig. General L. [Leland] R. Hewitt, Commanding General 35th Flying Training Wing, Cerced, Calif. 3 - Colonel Carl W. Pyle, Commandant, Minter Field. 4 - Miss Martha O'Driscoll, Sweetheart of Class 43-J. 5 - Major Carter G. Speed, Commandant of Students. 6 - Mr. Jospeh Wooldridge, President, Bakersfield Exchange Club. 7 - Lt. Col. Lee B. Goff, Jr., Post Exchange Officer. 8 - Major Raymond W. Mino, Director of Training. 9 - Major M. G. Sturgeon, Air Inspector, Minter Field. 10 - Major E. Jackson, Director of Flying Training. 11 - Major W. H. Thompson, Deputy Director of Training." Minter Field in Shafter, California. 27 August 1943

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Martha O'Driscoll was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on March 4, 1922. She was an American film actress from 1937 until 1947. She toured with Errol Flynn and other entertainers in the USO in the early 1940s, performing for the troops in the Aleutians in 1943 and later in the South Pacific. She married her first husband, Richard Adams, in 1943. They were divorced in 1947, and later that year she married Arthur Appleton. O'Driscoll was under contract to Universal Studios during World War II. Collection includes over 200 photographs related to O'Driscoll's time overseas; four certificates awarded to her for her service, and many newspaper clippings detailing her life in the public eye.
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