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A message from our Chaplain:
Last year, while on a cruise Joanie and I were playing Euchre with our friends. A woman came over and said that it looked like an interesting card game we were playing. She asked what it was called and basically how it was played.
She then asked if any of us were veterans? I didn’t say anything, because I still go on guard even after all these years due old unpleasant encounters with civilians when I was in the military service. But our friends pointed to me and said that I was and Joanie said that I had been a Navy Corpsman. She asked me when I served. She thanked me for my service and said “Navy Corpsmen had a hard dangerous job.” This statement gave me pause and I asked her if she had served? “Yes.” she said, “I was an Air Force flight nurse from 65 to 69.” Without hesitation, I stood up and said, “Ma’am, may I give you a hug?” She told me “Yes.” As I embraced her, I whispered in her ear “Sis welcome home and thank you.” When I stepped back, we looked into each others’ eyes and a soft smile gave way to a knowing nod that spoke volumes of emotions that words could not.
Women who serve in our nation’s military are often overlooked. It is an over-site that I feel has gone on far too long. I had the pleasure of serving with a number of women that served at time when it was not popular to serve in the US military. To those ladies I salute each and everyone of you. If you know any women who are serving or served in our military services be sure to thank them. As for my part, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart and may God bless each of you especially to the following:
Died While Serving Our Nation:
Sgt/National Guard Shawna Morrison (Iraq),
Capt/USAF Mary Klinker (Vietnam) LtCol/USA Annie Graham (Vietnam)
1st Lt/USA Sharon Lane (Vietnam) 2nd Lt/USA Carol Ann Drazba (Vietnam)
2nd Lt/USA Elizabeth Jones (Vietnam) Capt/USA Elenor Alexander (Vietnam),
1st Lt/USA Heddi Orlowski (Vietnam) 2nd Lt/USA Pamela Donovan (Vietnam)
LtCol/USAF Trish (Zenishek) Knight Capt/USA Ceara Riggs
LtCol/USAF Karri (Hirl) Roman Pvt2nd/USA Victoria Zenisek
Ssgt/USA Natalyn Virden 1st Lt/USA Katie Runyan
Airman/USAF Sara Ruiz
No Longer Serving/Retired:
Lt/USN Mary Kay (Wegner) Runyan (7 years) Sgt/USMC Heidi Brodersen
MSgt/USAF LeAnn Hugeback (Solon) R ( 20 years) TSgt/USAF Sonya Justus R (20 years)
MGSgt/USMC Heather Bordersen R (30 years) CPL/USA Donna Cruse
SPC/USA Jessica Slade CPT/USA Kristen Anson
1stClass/USAF Anna Beuter EM3/USN Shannon Stoddard (7 years)
EM1/USN Janice Moeller (10 years) ++ was 1 of the first 72 woman to become a Shellback when she crossed the equator aboard the USS Samuel L Gompers.
The Following Just Some of Women I Served With:
Capt/USAR Trudie Mehann Lt/USN Mary Morning Cdr/USN Norma Blank
HM3/USN Sandra Horn HN/USN Rhonda Cerwinski HM3/USN Tammy Booth
HM3/USN Donna Wolfe HN/USN Kathleen Hesskamp HN/USN Bonita Alberding
HN/USN Donna Penny HN/USN Gayle Hagenbush HN/USN Kathleen Hesskamp
HN/USN Paula Johns HN/USN Mary Jonas HN/USN Honey Lada
HN/USN Mary Cleery HN/Elizabeth Pascoe HN/USN Jackie Rein
Lt/USN Kathy Little
** If I have omitted anyone or provide incorrect information, please, forgive me it was not intentional.
Doug Thompson, Chaplain
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