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Madeline Moates spent World War II as a Navy Wave, joining the effort as a young woman.
The women’s branch of service contributed in many ways, often taking on roles left behind by soldiers that went to the front lines.
“I sat there at that desk and kept up with the boats coming in,” the Roane County resident said.
Not only did she contribute to the effort, but she also met her late husband, Frank, while in service in San Diego.
“Well I met him at a supply dance. I had already had my eye on him and this guy introduced us,” Moates said.
Like many couples during that time, they courted quickly and married — because the war left a question mark on the future.
“We didn’t know each other too many months when we got married in October — October 13, 1944, on a Friday,” Moates said.
Moates grew up in the tiny town of Monmouth, Maine.
“I joined in Boston, Mass,,” she said.
Her reasoning at the time?
“I think I’ll get in the service, get my education and get to travel,” Moates said.
She said she was sent to Georgia to storekeeper school before going on to California.
“My aunt told me when I left, ‘Don’t run into a Southern person and get married,’” Moates said. “That is exactly what happened!”
Moates was honored along with many other World War II veterans on Honor Air, a one-day trip to visit Washington D.C., including the World War II Memorial. The Rockwood-area woman was one of several on the Oct. 6 trip from Roane County.
Moates enjoyed all aspects of her trip, but there were parts she favored more.
“It is hard to say, but I think it was the World War II Memorial,” she said.
Others on the trip included Thurman Coffey, Noah Howard, Raymond King and Martin Skinner from Harriman; Raymond Noyes of Kingston; and Charles Parker of Rockwood.