This collection contains correspondence from Maj. Bette J. Barto, USAFE to her parents while serving as a nurse during the
late 1950s and 1960s. Also included are three photographs and one photocopied marriage certificate
Major Bette J. Barto neé Harris, United States Air Force Europe (b. 1/22/1928) was born in Tennessee and lived in Etowah,
TN through high school with her parents Hugh Elmer and Elizabeth Marie Harris and her older sister Helen. She studied pre-nursing
at the University of Tennessee, Nashville for two years, then Vanderbilt School of Nursing for three years in Nashville. She
joined the US Air Force and trained at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas before beginning her career in Tripoli,
Libya at Wheelus Air Base. She left Tripoli for a short period and trained with 3882 School Group, Training Class 58-T at
Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, then returned on January 22, 1959 and served with 7272 USAF Hospital in Tripoli.