#VeteranOfTheDay Navy Veteran Kathryn E. Egleston Eckerd


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Kathryn E. Egleston Eckerd. Kathryn served during the Korean War from 1952-1955.

In an interview with the Veteran’s History Project Kathryn shared her story of becoming a Navy Lieutenant and how she “loved being in the Navy”. Kathryn graduated college in 1952 and decided to become a naval officer. She spent four months in training where she learned everything from the history of ships to how to properly handle a firearm. She graduated with more than 60 other women and was selected to be the only female on Admiral Davis’ staff. She served as one of the registered publications officers. The job required her to handle all classified documents and to report directly to the Admiral with confidential intelligence. No one was allowed to see information unless she authorized it.

Kathryn met her husband Ken, also a member of the Navy, while stationed in San Diego. Later, they moved to Michigan and have been married for over 60 years. Her time in the Navy allowed her to gain many skills she used in her career and even in her marriage.

Thank you for your service, Kathryn!

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Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.

Graphic created by Carl J. Valentino: Carl J. Valentino is a student at the University of Delaware with a Major in International Business and a Minor in Graphic Design.


Mei-Mei Chun-Moy

Mei-Mei Chun-Moy is a sophomore majoring in History and Public Policy. She serves as a senior editor for her school’s academic and literary journal. She is currently an intern at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.