WWII Vet Evelyn Beckman Brown Served in Coast Guard

Evelyn Beckman received training as a SPAR in New York City. Evelyn Beckman Brown and I only met a handful of times but we became fast friends. She immediately began mailing me notes of encouragement which I kept on file (every author needs encouragement!). The latest note arrived days before her death on December 19,... Continue Reading →

WWII WAVES Meets Eleanor Roosevelt

During WWII, Rosemary Russell Schmidt served in the Navy at Brooklyn Navy Yard. Today is President’s Day in the United States. On this national holiday we celebrate the birthdays of two great men – George Washington, the father of our country and first president, born February 22, 1732, and our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln (b.... Continue Reading →

A Daughter Shares Thoughts of Her Mom — a WASP during WWII

May is a big military month – Armed Forces Day happens on the 15th and of course, Memorial Day on May 31st. Margaret Ray Ringenberg served with the Women's Air Service Pilots during WWII. Both are great opportunities to remember what our military has done for our country. But, actually, the whole month of May... Continue Reading →

Women’s History Month — Elizabeth ‘Betty’ White Dybbro- Women’s Air Service Pilots (WASP)

Betty White Dybbro volunteered to serve in the WASP program during WWII. She was one of just over 1,000 women to fly American military aircraft -- a first in the history of the world. In keeping with my weekly posts this March about military women during World War II, I’m including an excerpted story of... Continue Reading →

Women’s History Month: Pauline ‘Polly’ Babbitt Smith — WAVES/ WWII Navy

Polly Smith volunteered for the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) during WWII to help her country. This story is taken from my new book, We Defended Freedom: Adventures of WWII Veterans. Thanks to all of our vets for your service to our country. Pauline ‘Polly’ Babbitt was a student at Nevada High School... Continue Reading →

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