KIKOS, LEILA, INTERVIEWEE

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KIKOS, LEILA, INTERVIEWEE

Transcript of oral history interview, Charleston, S.C., 18 March 2011.
Interviewed by Rebecca Michaud, from The Citadel's Oral History Initiative.
Transcript, 24 p.

Leila Kikos was born Leila Elizabeth Bailey on President St. in Charleston, SC in 1923. She graduated from Memminger High School in 1940, after which she studied drafting at The Citadel and worked at the shipyards and for the War Department as a switchboard operator on Meeting St. After the formation of the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), Kikos consulted with her father and enlisted. She attended basic training at Hunter College in New York City. She was assigned to Washington, D.C. as a drafter. It was there that she met her husband Peter, a Marine studying bomb disposal at American University. After the war, she and her husband moved to Minneapolis briefly before returning to Charleston, where they operated a bakery.

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