Josette Dermody was born in Detroit, Michigan. She grew up in a Catholic family, attended parochial school and really really didn’t want the future she thought was mapped out for her:
I was supposed to go to the Convent. The nuns had me. They were zeroed in on me and I didn’t want to. Becoming a nurse, becoming a teacher, working in an office or a nun and that, that was about it. And of course getting married and having twelve kids.
So first chance she got, she enlisted in the WAVES. This photograph comes from the collection of Josette Dermody Wingo.