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Albemarle Profile: Staff Sergeant Dorothy Bellamy
The Museum of the Albemarle opens its small acquisition case exhibit Albemarle Profile: Staff Sergeant Dorothy Bellamy, highlighting the military life of Perquimans County resident Dorothy Bellamy. Bellamy served as a medic in the United States Army Reserves from 1974 until her retirement in 1988. Born in Martin County, North Carolina she later moved to Baltimore, Maryland and worked for Union Memorial Hospital as a “nurse’s attendant.” She was able to join the Army Reserves in the 92nd Field Hospital as an E-4 because of that training.
Bellamy completed basic training at Fort McClellan, Alabama. She had a good basic background in medical knowledge which helped her with her Army duties, and she continued building her knowledge through Army training. As a medic, she also learned such tasks as setting up field hospitals.
In 1985, Bellamy moved to Atlanta, Georgia and was stationed at Dobbins Air Force Base. Before her retirement as staff sergeant in 1988, she received many awards over the course of her career. Two of her sisters and her father served in the military. The exhibit opens May 11, 2023, and will run until January 10, 2024. The exhibit is free and open to the public.