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Hartell, Charlene (Bradley), 1920-2015



  • Existence: 1920 February 3 - 2015 June 16

Biographical Note: Charlene B. Hartell

Charlene (Bradley) Hartell worked at North American Aviation during World War II where she assisted with buildings B-25s.

Charlene Wardie Bradley was born to William and Emma Bradley February 3, 1920 in Palo Pinto County, Texas. She grew up in Tres Piedras, New Mexico where she graduated high school and became a school teacher in a single room schoolhouse. In 1942, she moved to Kansas City, Kansas and attended National Defense Training School becoming skilled at aircraft radio and electrical assembly. Following her training she began work at North American Aviation. Once World War II began, North American Aviation heavily recruited women to help build bombers. The company declared that they would hire a staff of 40 percent women to aid in production of aircraft for the war.

She met Harold K. Hartell during her time in Kansas City. After the war, they married and moved to Espanola, New Mexico. She received a PhD in Psychology and worked as a professional counselor in Espanola for over 20 years. She passed away on June 16, 2015 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Harold K. and Charlene B. Hartell World War II Collection

Identifier: 2021-12-08
Overview The Harold K. and Charlene B. Hartell World War II Collection documents the personal careers of the Hartells during the war, primarily from 1942 to 1945. The collection documents Harold’s training and service as a bombardier in the United States Air Corps and Charlene’s training and work for North American Aviation building B-25 bombers.

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