Thursday, September 6, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 36: Work: Lorene Hork working for the Navy & Army

I am working on this year-long prompt, hosted by Amy Johnson Crow. I will write each week in one of my two blogs, either Mam-ma’s Southern Family or at My Trails Into the Past. I’m looking forward to writing about my children’s ancestors in new and exciting ways.

I have written previously about my paternal aunt, Lorene Hork, who went to Japan to work for the U.S. Army. She left me a collection of the letters she wrote home from Japan and from her trip across Asia and Europe on her return home. See this post and this post.

Because she worked for the federal government, I sent for her official personnel file from the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. It was simple; just send a letter with the request. I received an envelope full of photocopies—a total of 110 pages! And at no charge.

A surprise was in the packet. Lorene had also worked for the U.S. Navy at the Mare Island Naval Yard during World War II. The naval base was located in Vallejo, only about twenty miles from her home in Napa. Her cousin, Margaret Patterson, already worked there.[1]

She started in January 1942 as a probationary Record Clerk, making $1260 per year.[2] Through the four years she worked there, she had several promotions and job classifications. The Trade and Record Card gives the history:[3]

The last year and a half, she worked as a photographer in the Labor Board and Employment Office, the Badge and Identification Section.[4] She must have been taking photos for identification cards. At this time she was earning $1620 per year.

There was one surprise item found in the packet. She was suspended for three days for being absent without authority.[5] Lorene was always the fun aunt. I wonder what activity she was doing to miss work for three days.

Her efficiency rating as a photographer was “very good.” She received + marks on Presentability of work, amount of acceptable work produced, and cooperativeness.[6] I’m not surprised by the presentability mark. She was always a sharp dresser.

She resigned on 20 February 1946. The reason she gave was change of residence.[7] She did move to San Francisco after the war.

The personnel file is pretty interesting. Too bad there was no photograph of my aunt. That would have been a great bonus.



[1] “Personal History Statement,”30 Jan 1942, Lorene E. Hork, Official Personnel File, NARA, National Personnel Records Office.
[2] “Promotional Appointment,” Navy Yard, Mare Island, Commandant’s Office, 30 Jan 1942, Lorene E. Hork, Official Personnel File, NARA, National Personnel Records Office.
[3] “Trade and Record Card,” 20 Feb 1946, Lorene E. Hork, Official Personnel File, NARA, National Personnel Records Office.
[4] “Reassignment,” United States Navy Department, 27 Oct 1944, Lorene E. Hork, Official Personnel File, NARA, National Personnel Records Office.
[5] “Suspension for a period of three days,” United States Navy Department, 21 Mar 1945, Lorene E. Hork, Official Personnel File, NARA, National Personnel Records Office.
[6] “Report of Efficiency Rating,” Navy Yard, Mare Island, 31 Mar 1945, Lorene E. Hork, Official Personnel File, NARA, National Personnel Records Office.
[7] “Resignation,” Navy Department, Mare Island, 25 Feb 1946, Lorene E. Hork, Official Personnel File, NARA, National Personnel Records Office.

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2 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this - I love seeing the documents and the rates of pay increase...she sounds like a fascinating woman!

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    1. I still haven't processed the whole packet yet and can't wait to sort it all out. Thanks for stopping by!

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