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Barto, Bette J. (Harris), 1928-



  • Existence: 1928-

Biographical Note: Bette J. (Harris) Barto

Bette J. (Harris) Barto served in the U.S. Air Force in the 1950s-1960s as a flight nurse.

Barto was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on January 22, 1928. She attended school in Etowah, Tennessee and studied at the University of Tennessee before earning a B.S. in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 1950. She worked at the East Tennessee Baptist Hospital in Knoxville and then as an instructor and Associate Director of Nursing Education at Fort Sanders Hospital School of Nursing in Knoxville. In 1957 she was appointed to the Air Force Reserve Nurse Corps. In 1958 she was assigned to active duty with the 3700th Military Training Wing at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. In 1959 she was assigned to Wheelus Air Force Base in Tripoli, Libya, serving as Head Nurse. While there she met Ray Barto and they were married on October 27, 1960. When Ray was transfered to Thailand, Bette was sent to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina. Later she was assigned to the 835th at McConnell TAC Hospital at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas.

In 1966 Barto resigned her commission and transferred to a VA hospital in Kansas. She held a few positions in Kansas through the 1970s and then from 1980-1984 she was a gerontological nurse practicioner at the Wichita VA. In 1983 she recieved a M.S. in Education from Kansas State University. On January 30, 1988 she retired.

As of 2019 Barto was living in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Raphael and Bette Barto U.S. Air Force Collection

Identifier: 2019-04-27
Content Description The Raphael and Bette Barto U.S. Air Force Collection documents the Bartos' service in the U.S. Air Force in the 1940s through 1960s with a variety of textual and visual materials. Raphael Barto's military service as a fighter pilot is documented with flight records and logbooks, certificates and diplomas, documentation related to his Air Medal, and photographs. The logbook primarily covers his time in training at Randolph Field, Texas, but his individual flight records provide more...

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