Navy Badge
  • Name: Betty Jane Summers (Langton)
  • Location of Birth: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: December 10, 1921
  • Date of Death: March 29, 2004
  • Parents: Ray Langton & Emma Elletson Langton
  • High School and Class: 1940 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: SP 2 (Specialist Second Class Petty Officer)
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: 1943
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: 1945
  • Place of Discharge:
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  • Military Highlights:
    Newspaper article: 1944 – “Betty Langton of Pengilly, who has been in the WAVES since a year ago, has been promoted to Special 1, second class. She took her boot training at Hunter College, New York, and is now stationed in Washington, D.C. Miss Langton is a graduate of Greenway High School in Coleraine. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Ray Langton of Pengilly.”

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Betty Langton married Paul D. Summers in 1944 in Washington, D.C. The couple moved to Pengilly, Minnesota after discharge from the service. Betty worked at Oja’s Store in Pengilly for 25 years, then as a secretary for Nashwauk-Keewatin School District for 18 years.

    Betty died in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Goodland Township, Itasca County, Minnesota. She is survived by her three children, Michael (Judy), Mark (Judy), and Margaret; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Paul in 1987; brothers, Roger and Keith; and sisters, Odell and Annabelle.

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