Chapter Update

The Greater San Francisco Bay Area Chapter CA-3 held three of their monthly meetings during this time period. The January meeting, celebrating the New Year, was a no-host meeting. Members brought military shirts, hats, etc, to exchange with others. The February meeting, hosted by CA-3 members Nell Marie Forsey and Susan Johnston, celebrated the 74th anniversary of women serving in the Marine Corps Reserve. A cake cutting ceremony was held, with the oldest Marine present – Barbara Naas, and the youngest Marine present – Bonnie Dabalos-Castro. The March meeting, hosted by CA-3 member Barbara Naas and Loyal Escort Sarah Rivera, celebrated St Patrick’s Day.

On 1 March 2017, Las Positas College in Livermore held its 5th Annual event to Honor Women Veterans. Kathleen Wright of CA-3 was asked to represent the Marines and the Vietnam Era as a member of the panel that fielded questions from the audience. This college has a very active women veterans program and honors it’s female veterans every year during Women’s History Month. Several scholarships were awarded to female student veterans following the panel discussion and lunch was provided for all attendees. On Tuesday, March 7th, CA-2 Loyal Escort Verne Smith attended the 72nd Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima celebration hosted by the Marines’ Memorial Association. This event was held at the Marines Memorial Club in San Francisco, and included a commemoration video from General Robert B, Nelle, 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

During this period CA-3, President Susan Johnston participated in seven funerals/memorial services as a member of the American Legion Post 172 Honor Guard.

I am sad to say that CA-3 lost two members this quarter. One was one of our inactive members, Faith Miller. I am very sad to announce that the second member CA-3 lost was one of their last active World War II veterans – Lucy Danielson. Until recently, Lucy attended CA-3 meetings, and was honored as our oldest Marine. Lucy’s funeral service was attended by CA-3 Vice President Kathleen Wright, CA-3 Loyal Escort Angie Fredekind and CA-3 friend Barbara Morgan. Lucy’s son was very surprised at the number of friends and neighbors who came to the service. CA-3 Vice President Kathleen Wright read the Memorial for a Woman Marine, which everyone
enjoyed hearing.

Lucy’s husband was retired Navy and is buried in Arlington. Lucy will join him at Arlington at a later date. Lucy joined the Marine Corps in April of 1945, rising to the rank of Sergeant before being discharged. Lucy considered the Marine Corps a real learning experience, and was proud of her service. She will be missed.

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