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Mary Marovich Ryan

March 8, 2019

Today we’re honoring an important women to the Homefront Heroines crew.

March 8th is the birthday of the woman who inspired the Homefront Heroines project. Mary Marovich was born in Chicago on March 8th 1921. She enlisted in the WAVES in 1943 and after boot camp at Hunter College she became a Pharmacist’s Mate based at Treasure Island in San Francisco.

Mary worked as a telephone operator in Chicago before enlisting in the Navy. She followed six of her brothers into the service – four were with the Army, and two were first class petty officers in the Coast Guard (her younger brother would serve in the military in the Korean War).

Photo of Mary M. Ryan

Mary said before enlisting:

I’d really like to wear a six star pin (to honor her brothers), but I can’t find a story that sell them!

Mary married James Warren Ryan, an Army Air Corps pilot, while she was in the service. She left in 1945 after V-J Day and died in 1992.

Happy birthday, Mother!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 8, 2019 19:24

    All my thanks!

  2. marymarishka permalink
    April 15, 2019 03:05

    My mother was also a wave born on March 8 1925. She is 94.

    On Fri, Mar 8, 2019 at 9:49 AM Hinges of History wrote:

    > TaylorCatProductions posted: “Today we’re honoring an important women to > the Homefront Heroines crew. March 8th is the birthday of the woman who > inspired the Homefront Heroines project. Mary Marovich was born in Chicago > on March 8th 1921. She enlisted in the WAVES in 1943 and after” >

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