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Storekeeper Second Class Jane K. Evans, U S N R, WW2


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Here is another group which is to Jane Kerr Evans who was born in Jenkins, Letcher County, Kentucky, on December 8, 1913. She enlisted in the United Stated Navy on September 28, 1943. After basic training, Evans was assigned to the United States Naval Training Center, Bainbridge, Maryland. The Naval Training Center was located on the appropriated campus of the Tome School for boys where Navy recruits begin “boot camp” training. The new recruits were first tested to determine their educational and skill levels. Based on the testing, recruits were trained in ordnance, gunnery, seamanship, fire-fighting, and military drill. Recruits trained aboard The R.T.S. Commodore, which was a ship built on dry land. The training ship was equipped with deck guns, a pilot house, davits with whaleboats, and mooring lines fastened to bollards. The recruits were trained in all aspects of shipboard duties. During World War two the Training Center trained 244,277 recruits who served on ships and Naval Stations throughout the world. Storekeeper Second Class Jane Kerr Evans worked at Clothing & Small Stores, United States Naval Training Center at Bainbridge, Maryland. She was Honorably Discharged on November 30, 1945. Jane Kerr Evans Dutton died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on June 13, 1994.

 

 

 

 

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Whenever I look at these photos of these ladies, I think back to a living history event I went to a few years back.

 

An older lady ( she told us she was 87), walked up to the WW2 USN display. She was wearing her original WAVE uniform. She was a personnel specialist 3/c. She stood there all day in the cold ( we would sit her down by the heater to warm up, but if someone came by, she'd hop up and start talking to them). She had been assigned to the Convoy Control Office in NY. Her job was to compile lists of ships and cargos that were assigned to the convoys gathering in that area. She talked about how everyone took their jobs very seriously and how they worked sometimes days without stopping when convoys ran into Wolf Packs. They had to keep track of what ships were lost so they knew what cargo was not getting to the front. Then her eyes teared up when she said part of her job was also to make out the casualty lists of the lost crews. After all those years, it still bothered her. Those ladies just never got the respect they should have gotten.

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