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Eva Brown, 93
"In 1943, Eva Brown was working as a young teacher in a small town in Arkansas when Navy recruitment posters caught her attention.
“Join the WAVES: Your Country Needs You Now,” and “It’s a Woman’s War too!” they said.
She took a day of sick leave, rode the bus to Little Rock and enlisted.
Brown, one of the few female World War II veterans in the area, died last month at 93.
She didn’t want a memorial service because she didn’t want to draw attention to herself.
That’s typical of a woman who lived a life of quiet service to others that went far beyond her time in the Navy.
“She had a big, loving heart,” said friend Butch Bailey, president of the Oak Harbor Area Council Navy League. “She was a genuine person who impacted a lot of people’s lives.”
She enlisted at age 21 in the Navy WAVES -- Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service.
In an interview with the Whidbey News-Times last year, she said she joined because all the men around her, including her brother, were enlisting. She wanted to serve her country, too."
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