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DAR chapter honors member

Mar 29, 2013 - From staff reports

As part of Women's History Month, the Fremont County chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution honored Betty McAleenan, a chapter member and World War II veteran.

Betty Hopengarner McAleenan was born in 1919, which she said was the "year before women got the right to vote." She lived through the Depression on the family ranch near Diversion Dam, and then joined the Women's Army Air Corps during the war.

She was assigned to the Air Transport Command and served as a sergeant in Accra, Ghana, in the statistics department, tracking shipments of men and material that came through Accra, Ghana, on the way to Burma.

At the end of WWII, the base in Ghana closed, and McAleenan was transferred to Europe, where she met and married her husband, Bill.

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