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When Nancy Carver walked past the Albemarle County Fair with her son 17 years ago, she had not thought much…

When Nancy Carver walked past the Albemarle County Fair with her son 17 years ago, she had not thought much about her military service.

Carver, who grew up in Albemarle County, had few alternatives in the military as a 19-year-old woman in 1961. If she wanted to travel abroad, she had to be a nurse or mechanic but could not be in active fight. Instead, she decided to be a secretary and assigned to the US Marine Corps Base Manager in Fort Pendleton, San Diego.

“I always said I could shoot as well as everyone,” Carver said, wearing a red blazer. “And I could.”

Carver united with about 45 veterans and their families at the American Legion Post 74 in Keswick on Saturday to celebrate the 24th anniversary of the founding of the US Marine Corps.

“Some of the guys get old so it’s hard to get them all out here,” said colleague James O & # 39; Kelley, commander of the Bradley T. Arms release of the Marine Corps League.

The military branch was formed on November 1

0, 1775, during the American Revolution as a force to follow naval operations.

“I think we are blessed today to have the level of peace we have in this country,” said Kelley.

Carver served only one year and continued his life. Since that day at the fair, her son approached a man with the American legion who asked if he had served in the military.

Her son, a marine veteran, responded positively. The Legionary asked him to join the group, and Carver’s son said he would love to go as long as they let their mother go.

Unfortunately, the man said she could only be in the US Legion’s help, a branch owned exclusively to women’s veterans.

Carvers son laid his arm on the man’s shoulder, and according to Carver said, “never talk to my mom about it again.” She was quickly offered a place in the legion

Carver was proud of her son at the moment.

Although she served under “whispers of Vietnam”, she called it, she never saw a battle and looked at her service in a different light.

“I never knew my short time in the service was expected to be a veteran,” she said.

As a woman, Carver said it is still difficult to overcome people’s assumptions about women and the military. When she wears a Navy’s shirt or hat, she said that people still ask if her husband or son earned. Carver was the first female commander of the American Legion Post 74 in Keswick.

“It’s as if they can not get it,” Carver said, pointing to his head. “After this time it is still frustrating and has not changed.”

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