BATON ROUGE, LA (LOCAL33) (FOX44) – 94-year-old Lillian Hoover is one of the oldest living female veterans in the state.
“It’s indescribable. I consider it a privileged to join the service.”
At the time women were not allowed to serve, bu that changed during WWII.
“We opened for the women to enter the service and I went in in ’44. I was fascinated and thrilled to know the history of our country and decided to enlist,” said Hoover.
A piece of history that was now changed forever.
“I left home on my 20th birthday and my dad had to sign for me to go in.”
In 1944 she became one of the first women in our nation’s history to join the Navy.
“It was different. You know when they holler attention, at 6:00 in the morning, that was a new thing, but it was just a whole different experience as a civilian. There was a lot of discipline that you had to abide by. When you were ready to leave after training they ask you where’d you’d like to go and I said the east coast or the west coast and they sent me to Normand, Oklahoma.”
Today, Hoover meets with other female veterans through the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Female Veteran Outreach Program.
“It’s nice to reminisce and to find out the different areas the women played and different experiences they had. It’s a great time for fellowship. That’s one of the best parts. You meet knew friends that have served along with you or in different areas in the country.”
Hoover said she is honored to have had the opportunity to serve our country, and hopes women will continue what she and so many other women started.
“It makes me feel proud to be a part of service, and the fact that I feel like I might have accomplished a little something for the freedom of the country,” said Hoover.