Jeannie grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama surrounded by siblings and cousins her age. She graduated from Tuscaloosa High School and had just started college at the University of Alabama when World War II began. Jeannie's family relocated to New Orleans for the duration of the War, while she remained in Tuscaloosa to complete her education.
At the University of Alabama, Jeannie began dating a young Army Air Corps cadet named David Hill. When David received his commission as a second lieutentant and navigator, he and Jeannie were married in Tuscaloosa before he left town for deployment to Europe. After David left the country, Jeannie joined the rest of her family in New Orleans to wait for the War to be over so that she could be reunited with her new husband.
Just a year before the War ended, Jeannie received the telegram that every wartime wife dreaded. David's fighter-bomber had been shot down over northern France and all of the crew were presumed dead. Jeannie was crushed by the news and returned to Tuscaloosa with her parents at the end of the War.
Just a few months later Jeannie received a second telegram reporting that David had been severely wounded in the plane crash, but had also been rescued from the wreckage by French underground forces and civilians. When it was safe to move him and a few other survivors, the French underground smuggled them to allied forces who then managed to get David to a military hospital in England.
Jeannie joined David as soon as possible, beginning a new life as a career Army Officer's wife that would take them throughout post-War Europe, the Pentagon, and Fort McClelland, Georgia. The only other time Jeannie and David were separated during more than fifty years of marriage was during the Korean War, when she stayed in Tuscaloosa with her parents until David returned. While David was stationed at the Pentagon, Jeannie gave birth to their only child, David Jr.
After David retired from a second career as a Department of Army civilian at Fort McClelland, Georgia, he and Jeannie moved to Tuscaloosa where they bought a house that once belonged to Jeannie's maternal aunt, Allien Clark Moses. They celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary several years before David died. Jeannie moved into a retirement community apartment where she lived until her death in 2008.
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