Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Spring 2018

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Spring 2018 7 "He was a shutterbug in his younger years," said his son, William Flourney Jr., a landscape architect sometimes referred to as the "father" of the Raleigh greenway system. "Back then, he took photos of everything and everybody." The son began donating his father's extensive war-time collection of photographs to the North Carolina State Archives in 2002, with the final batch arriving in late 2016. The Betty Grable shots might have been something of a surprise. "We didn't pour over the collection of photographs that he had," Flourney Jr. said, with one caveat. "We kept the most embarrassing stuff." The elder Flourney took the Betty Grable pictures in 1942 while stationed at Fort Bragg, with the images showing her presenting a trophy to the camp's baseball team and trying on an officer's hat. "Apparently, she filmed throughout the war a documentary about her wartime visits to military camps around the world, most notable in the Pacific," said Matthew Peek, a military collection archivist at the state archives and a self-confessed "big Betty Grable fan." "There are two different-titled documentaries shot of her at Fort Bragg in 1942, as listed in the book The North Carolina Filmography by Jenny Henderson." Later, in the early days of television, Betty Grable was something of a fixture, serving as the headline singer on 1954's "Shower of Stars" and dancing with husband Harry James on a 1958 episode of "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour." She died at the age of 56 in 1973, with the cause of death listed as lung cancer. "The actress, according to friends, was 'a very heavy smoker' of cigarettes," according to her obituary in The New York Times. As for the extensive collection of photographs and military camp newsletters, WWII ration books, and the like donated to the state archives, they were the keepsakes of the elder Flourney, who served in war-torn Belgium and was an inductee not entirely fond of his predicament. "My dad had a love-hate relationship with the military," Flourney Jr. said from his home in Raleigh. "He was just under the maximum age (of 37 when drafted)." WILLIAM L. FLOURNOY SR. PAPERS / MILITARY COLLECTION / STATE ARCHIVES OF NORTH CAROLINA Film actress and pin-up girl Betty Grable fixing a U.S. Army officer's hat on her head while surrounded by the Reception Center baseball team at the Fort Bragg Reception Center in 1942. She was at Fort Bragg, N.C., filming a documentary called "Betty Grable at Army Camp. " These photographs, taken by William L. Flournoy while he was stationed at Fort Bragg for U.S. Army service during World War II (1942), capture a smiling Betty Grable.

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