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Oral history with Captain Viola Brown Sanders

Object Type: Record
In Collection: Oral History Digital Collection


Oral history.; Viola Brown Sanders was born in Sidon, Mississippi, on February 21, 1921. After Miss Sanders finished her education, she taught school for two years in Glen Allan, Mississippi. In 1943, Miss Sanders joined the United States Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Services). During her twenty-three years in the United States Navy, Miss Sanders was assigned to duties in communications, recruit training, personnel, intelligence, and administration. In her last tour of duty, she was assigned as Director of Women in the Navy (Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Women), the only female line captain and senior woman in the Navy at that time. After her retirement from the Navy in 1966, Miss Sanders returned to Sidon and became active in civic affairs in Greenwood and Leflore County. In 1999, she became the fourth person and the only woman to be inducted into the Greenwood-Leflore County Hall of Fame


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