Female World War II veterans share their stories
BATON ROUGE - Four female World War II veterans met in Baton Rouge today to share stories and be recognized for their service.
Some of the women are more than 90 years old, yet they remember their time in the military like it was yesterday.
"My decision to join the military, the Marine Corps, was quite awesome," said Verga Rogachenko Nuschler. She says the chance to make a difference is what made her want to wear a uniform.
"I had graduated high school in 1941in June. And in December, that awesome horrible day occurred when we went to war, and that was on my mind and everybody else's, what could we do to help our country," she explained.
Lillie Clark was also barely out of high school when she joined the armed forces.
"I’m very proud of myself. And I’m very proud of the ladies of whom I was with. And I’m still proud," she said.
Pride is something Geneva Johnson has as well. She saw the world during a time most women her age never left home.
"I’ve had a wonderfully interesting life and enjoyed every bit of it. And it's all because I joined the service," she said.
The group which brought these ladies together, Women Veterans of Louisiana, was started by Vietnam veteran Anna Sanders, who wanted to make sure women veterans are recognized and their stories are never forgotten.
"It’s important to be honored for what we did, you know. Because we did sacrifice. We did free a man to fight. We did take over jobs for men while they went over seas to fight the wars. But we're proud we're patriotic and we still are," says Sanders.
Some of the honor guard members will ride in the annual Kenilworth parade in Baton Rouge to celebrate Independence Day.