Willauer had to wait until she turned 20 at which point her parents signed permission for her. Men could enter at 17 or 18 she said. She worked in radio supply providing crucial support services.
Patricia Sutherland lives in the Norman Veterans Center. She served in the navy during World War II.
“I just walked down the street one day,” she said.
There were the posters with Uncle Sam saying “We want you” so she signed up. She wasn’t alone, her five brothers are all veterans also.
“My oldest daughter is a retired Navy nurse after 30 years,” she said. “We’re really proud of her.”
Sutherland said she was only in 14 months. She met her husband who is also a veteran during her service. When they got married she had to leave the service.