Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Pipe Them Over the Side

We respectfully ask that all hands come to attention. Hand salute. Two.

Veteran Navy Yeoman (F) Charlotte Louise Berry Winters crossed the bar on March 27, and was laid to rest in Frederick, Maryland. She was 109.

Yeoman (F) Winters enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1917 after Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels established acceptance into the Naval service for women. She was the last of 11,000 women enlisted into the Naval service for duty in clerical positions, mainly in Washington, D.C. Another 1,713 became Navy Nurses, and 269 women served in the Marine Corps in clerical billets. No other women were enlisted into the U.S. military during that time. The above mentioned Sailors and Marines were the only women eligible to receive the Veterans Bonus voted by Congress in 1924 (to be paid in 1945, but that was changed after the Bonus Army fiascos in Washington and Florida from 1932-1935 so it was paid in 1936.) The above described women were, until WW II, the only women eligible to join the American Legion.

Yeoman (F) Winters was discharged from the Navy in 1919 and went back to her service work as a civilian employee of the Navy, working in the Washington Navy Yard. She remained in that work until her retirement in 1953.

The great work of Yeoman (F) Winters and her shipmates led to the enlistment of tens of thousands of women into the Navy’s WAVES during WW II, and ultimately to the permanent establishment of the WAVES in 1948.

Thursday, March 29, Lloyd Brown crossed over the bar. Brown was 105.
Brown enlisted in the Navy in 1918 at the age of sixteen, and served as a gunner on board the battleship USS New Hampshire. Released from the service in 1919, he later rejoined and served as a musician on board USS Seattle.

Brown left the Navy in 1925 and began a career as a Washington D.C. fireman.

Charlotte Winters and Lloyd Brown were the last U.S. Navy Veterans of WW I. Their deaths left three Army veterans, one of whom passed away since.

We honor Winters and Brown as good shipmates who did their duty in wartime and in peace.

Unto almighty God we commend the souls of our departed shipmates.

Hand Salute!

Bo’s’n, pipe them over the side.


VN Vets

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." -- President Abraham Lincoln

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