Marie Colton

– Asheville, NC
Student, spy, wife

Colton, a former North Carolina State Legislator from Asheville, experienced the war from many perspectives — as a student at UNC-CH when Hitler invaded Poland, as a secretary in the school’s German Department after the U.S. joined the fight, as a “spy” for the Signal Corps in Washington, D.C. where she decoded Axis messages sent from Madrid, and as the wife of a pilot who served in Europe. Colton’s memories were poignant as she recounted her life and what it was like to live in North Carolina before, during and after the war.

In this excerpt, hear from local civilian Marie Colton and her remembrances of “Dan the Dog.”