A Patriotic Calling

Updated: Apr 11, 2018


Wilma was born to William L. and Alberta Green on October 5, 1923, in Minglewood, TN. She moved as an infant to New Orleans where she spent most of her childhood. She and her sister Dorothy were instructed in sewing and embroidery and in “all things proper.” She and her family enjoyed listening to Bob Hope on the radio and to Fibber Magee and Molly. Her grandmother would take them to church.


Wilma attended the Sophie B. Wright School for girls and her favorite subjects were English, Literature and History. She had several fictional stories published in the school paper and she graduated in 1941.

Wilma had an uncle who was a “Soldier of Fortune” and who fought in several different countries.


She went to Memphis State and Washington University and later studied medicine in St. Louis after she enlisted in the Navy in 1943, being sworn in on her 20th birthday. She states that her family was very supportive and that the choice of branch was an easy selection for her since New Orleans was a Navy town and she was immersed in the culture.