AURELIA D. WALLACE
ROTC UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
“Chick" was the name that all her friends called her. Chick's full name was Catherine Aurelia Dunstan Wallace. Chick was a resident of Gainesville, Florida, since 1950.
While atttending the University of Georgia during the war years (1941-1945), Chick served with the U.S. Army Horse Cavalry, a unit attached to the school's ROTC program. She was the only female in this unit, achieving the rank of first lieutenant. This cavalry unit's duties encompassed 30-mile-long treks, being responsible for the care of each horse, and performing ceremonial duties. In the photo to the right, Chick is holding a trophy for a first-place jumping contest. Her duties with the Horse Cavalry ended upon graduation at age 19 in 1945.
Chick earned her master's degree in journalism from Georgia. She authored 14 books. Her first writings were published when she was 7 years old. At age 15, she won the International Quill and Scroll Journalism Scholarship. Chick was also a poet memoirist, biographer, and she pioneered a new writing genre,Writing for Healing (bibliotherapy), which is now a standard psychotherapy technique.
After being separated for 65 years, childhood friend Phil Newman and Chick were married in 2008. Colonel Phil Newman, a World War II B-17 pilot, said, "I learned not to pass up a good opportunity."
On February 20, 2011, Catherine Aurelia Dunstan Wallace passed away. To learn more about this great lady, listen to the interview on the right.
In this photo, Chick is holding a trophy for a first-place jumping contest.
Last Surviving member of the US Horse Cavalry
Aurelia D. Wallace
Chick, Phil Newman, Donna Bradley, Bob Gasche, enjoying a moment at the Military Support Group of Alachua County metting.
Samuel Proctor Oral History Program
University of Florida
October 23, 2008
Eastside High School Gainesville, Florida
November 18, 2010
MARCH 17, 2011
I am the Last Living Survivor of the
US Horse Cavalry 1941-1944
Photo taken by Doug Finger of the